Jury Selection Completed in Widow's Suit over 1999 Little Rock Plane Crash

MAY 16, 2005 - Posted at 4:13 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Jury selection was completed today in federal court for a lawsuit filed after the 1999 crash of an American Airlines jet.

The lawsuit was filed by the widow of Captain Richard Buschmann, who piloted Flight 1420, which was bound from Dallas-Fort Worth when it crashed in Little Rock during a storm.

Susan Buschmann of Naperville, Illinois, alleges safety problems at Little Rock's airport cost her husband his life.

He was among eleven people killed in the accident during severe weather.

Little Rock National Airport and its governing board failed in their attempts to have the case dismissed.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the pilots' decision to land in such poor weather conditions and their failure to set certain wing panels caused the crash.

Susan Buschmann says a support structure for runway lights contributed to her husband's death.  The jetliner hit the structure after it ran off a runway.

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