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Airlines settle Twin Towers claim with WTC developer over 9/11 attacks


New York, November 22: American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to a USD 95.1 million settlement with the developer of the World Trade Centre over September 11, 2001, attacks, ending 13 years of litigation. Insurers will cover the payout to World Trade Centre Properties, owned by developer Larry Silverstein, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

In this Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 photo, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, bottom, is surrounded by high-rise towers in New York. The new towers are: WTC 1, second from left, WTC 7, third from left, WTC 3, second from right, and WTC 4, right. Monday will mark the sixteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. AP/PTI photo

Six weeks before the attacks Silverstein signed a 99-year lease for the site, which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

After the suicide airliner attacks that felled the Twin Towers, Silverstein received from his own insurers USD 4.55 billion in settlements after years of negotiations.

But he also fought to receive damages from American and United, whose hijacked planes were used in the attacks. He initially sought USD 12.3 billion from the airlines and airport security companies.

Now the two sides have reached a settlement that must still be approved by US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein.

The September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers by hijackers loyal to Al-Qaeda killed more than 2,750 people.

Another hijacked plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, while a fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Altogether around 3,000 people died in the attacks. 


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