November 23, 2012
United Airlines bears no responsibility for suspected security lapses at a Maine airport, which allowed hijackers to board the American Airlines plane that crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, a federal judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein granted a request by United and its parent United Continental Holdings Inc. on Nov. 21 to dismiss negligence claims brought by Larry Silverstein, the leaseholder of the World Trade Center property.
Lawyers for United and Silverstein weren’t immediately available for comment.
The decision concerned the destruction of 7 World Trade Center, which collapsed hours after being pierced by debris from the crash of AMR Corp.’s American Airlines Flight 11 into 1 World Trade Center.