December 28, 2011
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to pay $17.8 million to a Korean family that lost four members when a Marine Corps fighter jet crashed into their San Diego home in 2008.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller's ruling Wednesday comes
after a nonjury trial between the Department of Justice and the
The family had been seeking $56 million to compensate for the
emotional and monetary loss caused by the accident that the Marine
Corps said was caused by multiple mistakes.
The Corps has said that a series of mistakes ultimately led the
pilot of the malfunctioning jet to bypass a coastal base and fly
over neighborhoods toward an inland base.