Settlement Reached With FAA Over Continental Crash At DIA


Passengers and some crew members involved in a Continental Airlines crash at Denver International Airport in 2008 have settled a major lawsuit with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Flight 1404 was taking off for Houston on Dec. 20, 2008, when it encountered multiple hazardous crosswind gusts and the pilots lost control of the of the aircraft.

The individuals involved in the lawsuit sued Continental Airlines after the plane slid off the left side of the runway, crashed into a field and caught fire. A settlement was reached in that case, but they also sued the FAA over what they claimed was negligence.

The lawsuit claimed the air traffic controller on duty failed to provide the pilots with winds at the center of the field rather than just the departure end winds.

Among those suing the FAA was the captain of the Continental flight. The terms of the settlement have not been specified, but CBS4 Investigator Rick Sallinger has learned its well over $1 million.

There were 110 people on board plus five crew members. No one was killed, but 38 people were injured.

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