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American, United Airlines to face September 11 trial

NEW YORK -- American Airlines and United Continental must face trial over a lawsuit in which the lease holders of the World Trade Center allege that lax security allowed hijackers to destroy the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York on Tuesday rejected a motion by American and United to have World Trade Center Properties' suit seeking compensation thrown out.

The “defendants' motion is denied,” the judge ruled, court papers show. “The overlap between WTCP's insurance recovery and its potential tort recovery presents issues of fact requiring trial.”

Al-Qaida terrorists in hijacked planes from the two airlines smashed into the World Trade Center's biggest skyscrapers on 9/11, demolishing both in a fiery collapse that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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