GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The family of a Hope College co-ed who died in a 2010 plane crash has settled a lawsuit against the federal government for $750,000.
Emma Biagioni of St. Charles, Illinois died in the Jan. 17, 2010 crash in Allegan County's Manlius Township after taking off from what was then Tulip City Airport. The plane was piloted by classmate David Otai of Nairobi, Kenya.
Biagioni's family sued the federal government in Novermber 2012, claiming negligence by the Federal Aviation Administration and its employees led to her death. The suit claimed Otai called Muskegon Flight Command multiple times after getting lost in fog, requesting landing vectors to Tulip City Airport. But the controller didn't understand the request, the suit said, and Otai was eventually forced to declare an emergency, after which the plane crashed.
Federal court documents show that the government and Peter Biagioni reached an agreement and that the government will pay a $750,000 settlement.
After various costs and fees, the gross proceeds to the family is in excess of $538,000. Emma Biagioni's parents will each receive more than $209,000. Her siblings and grandfather will also receive some of the payout.
A judge will review the deal in August.
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