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N.Y. Judge Releases Massport As 9/11 Defendant

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A New York judge on Wednesday dismissed the Massachusetts Port Authority as a defendant from the only remaining wrongful death lawsuit related to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Attorneys for the family of Mark Bavis, a hockey scout killed on 9/11, tried to persuade a judge to allow them to sue Massport, which runs Logan International Airport, for allowing hijackers to board United Airlines Flight 175. Bavis was aboard that flight, traveling from Boston to New York.

Attorneys for Bavis had brought forth evidence that four months before 9/11, a state trooper at Logan had allowed two of the hijackers, including Mohammed Atta, to escape without interviewing them, even though the two men had been videotaping a security checkpoint.

Massport argued it had no control over the checkpoints. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein agreed with Massport.

Mark Bavis died when his plane crashed into the World Trade Center's south tower.

The airline and a security company are still part of the lawsuit.

With additional reporting from The Associated Press


This program aired on July 27, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Reporter
Fred Thys reported on politics and higher education for WBUR.



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