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Little Rock Airport must pay pilot`s widow $2.1 million
4 June 2005

A U.S. federal court jury ordered Little Rock National Airport to pay more than $2.1 million to the widow of a pilot who was killed when his American Airlines MD-80 crashed during a severe thunderstorm in June 1999.
Flight 1420 overran the runway hit a structure supporting approach lights, broke apart and caught fire. Witnesses said the structure was 453 feet off the north end of the runway instead of 1,000 feet which is the standard. After the accident, the airport reconfigured the safety area to remove obstructions. (Chicago Sun-Times, AP)