10 Years Later, Last 9/11 Wrongful Death Suit Settled

But Mark Bavis' family will still fight for safer air travel

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 20, 2011 11:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – At last year’s 9/11 anniversary, there was just one victim's family who still refused to settle their wrongful death lawsuit. But little more than one week after this year’s anniversary, the Bavis family has changed its mind. Family members of hockey scout Mark Bavis wanted to expose air safety weaknesses, but ultimately determined they had done all they could to make public the security lapses they believe occurred on 9/11 at Boston's Logan Airport. After learning a trial, scheduled for November, would only last three weeks, the family settled yesterday, the AP reports.

Bavis was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 when the plane flew into the World Trade Center's south tower. His family’s attorney says that the fact that important airport and airline security information was put into the public court record “gave them some peace and allowed them to live on.” He adds that the family will continue to “give Mark voice” by working to “make future travel safer.” In a statement, United Airlines noted, “The tragic events of 9/11 impacted all of us, and we are pleased to resolve this case.” Click to read about some of the security lapses the Bavis family believe occurred.

In this photo made Aug. 18, 2011, Mike Bavis reacts as he remembers his twin brother,  Mark, who was killed on United flight 175 when it crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
In this photo made Aug. 18, 2011, Mike Bavis reacts as he remembers his twin brother, Mark, who was killed on United flight 175 when it crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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