Federal judge dismisses suit over 2010 military plane crash

A federal judge has granted Alaska’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died in a 2010 military plane crash.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick dismissed the civil lawsuit Monday. He says the flight was a military operation, making it immune to civil litigation.

The C-17 military cargo plane crashed during a July 2010 training flight for the Arctic Thunder air show at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The crash killed three Alaska National Guardsmen and one active duty Air Force member.

Theresa Dayton filed the suit against Alaska in December 2012. Her attorney argued that the plane’s pilot developed and used unauthorized flight maneuvers.

Her attorney did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

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