Three major American airliners may face legal action by former lease holders of the World Trade Center over inadequate security that led to alleged hijackings and destruction of the Twin Towers in 2001.
A federal judge in New York announced on Tuesday that American Airlines and United Continental must face criminal trial over a lawsuit in which World Trade Center lease holders allege that relaxed security allowed alleged hijackers to destroy the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.
Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein rejected a motion by attorneys for American and United to have World Trade Center Properties' suit, demanding compensation for the incident, thrown out.
According to court documents, Judge Hellerstein denied the defendants' motion in the case. "The overlap between WTCP's insurance recovery and its potential tort recovery presents issues of fact requiring trial," he ruled.
Alleged al-Qaeda terrorists smashed the hijacked planes from the two airlines into the World Trade Center's biggest skyscrapers on September 11, 2001, destoying both in a fiery collapse that killed nearly 3,000 people.
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