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Judge rules panel correctly valued Flight 93 site in Pa.

Published: Thu, March 27, 2014 @ 1:53 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A commission assigned to assess the value of the site of the Flight 93 memorial correctly calculated it at about $1.5 million, a federal judge in western Pennsylvania has ruled.

The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose comes in a dispute over the property’s value between its previous owner, Michael Svonavec, who had wanted to turn it into a museum, and its current owner, the federal government.

Judge Ambrose rejected arguments from both, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Svonavec had argued in a lawsuit it was worth about $23 million. He asked Judge Ambrose to recall the commission, change several parts of the analysis and calculate a value of at least $5.7 million.

The U.S. Department of the Interior condemned the 275-acre site in Shanksville, about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, in 2009 and paid $611,000 for it, and officials had asked the judge to lower the value to that amount.

In December, a three-person eminent domain commission appointed by the judge in a dispute released its valuation for the site.

The National Park Service said about 320,000 visitors went to the site in 2012, the first full calendar year after a permanent memorial was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it crashed after passengers fought back against hijackers during the Sept. 11 attacks.


1INTEL(63 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I hate to say this.. but that flight was shot down by our own goverment... IF you check a flight map... and we have pilots out there.. you will see that over the Allegeny National Forest... from 9500 feet to 20,000 feet is reserved as a no fly zone... WHY... because its a pratice area for fighter jets....and if you look at how the first pictures of the crash show both wings and the center of the aircraft hit all together in the ground... which they do not show you now... that only happens when an aircraft is shot out of the sky... dont beleive what I say... then answer this one.. why was the tail section of the plane found 5 miles away... sure makes you wonder doesn't... sort of like the pristen bullet that was left on the gurnney after Kennedy was killed... and why seal all the documents for 75 years like the Warren Commission did .... sure makes you wonder doesn't it...

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2billdog1(5942 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

At best this property out in the middle of nowhere is worth at best $2,000/acre. He done well to get 1.5 million. The way some people are willing to exploit tragedy is just sad.

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3billdog1(5942 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Intel; conspiracy or not, it really doesn't matter. If our own military shot it down it was because of what the other three highjacked planes where used for. Instead of thousands of people dieing thousands were quite possibly saved. Like our military some sacrifice so that the many at home survive. Our country will inundated with acts of terrorism in the near future. The ocean has lost its ability to keep us safe.

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