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Flight 93 Pa. crash site valued at $1.5 million

December 09. 2013 5:37PM
Associated Press

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(AP) A commission has found the western Pennsylvania site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, is worth more than the government paid for it but far less than the former owner claimed.

A three-person eminent domain commission released a report Monday in Pittsburgh saying the 275-acre site in Shanksville is worth about $1.5 million. The Department of the Interior condemned the property under eminent domain in 2009 and paid Michael Svonavec (suh-VON'-uh-vek) $611,000 for it.

It's unclear if the government will have to pay any more.

Svonavec claimed in a lawsuit the property was worth about $23 million. He wanted to turn the property into a museum, but the National Park Service built the Flight 93 National Memorial there.

Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when passengers fought back against the hijackers.

Associated Press

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