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Published May 13, 2011, 06:48 PM

MN Supreme Court Asked to Review Cirrus Case

The state Supreme Court is being asked to review an appeals court ruling in a 2003 plane crash that killed two men in north-central Minnesota.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The state Supreme Court is being asked to review an appeals court ruling in a 2003 plane crash that killed two men in north-central Minnesota.

Last month, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that Duluth-based Cirrus Design Corp. had no legal duty to provide pilot training to a Grand Rapids man whose plane crashed, killing him and his passenger.

That ruling reversed a lower court decision that found Cirrus and the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation, which conducted pilot training, negligent in the crash. The ruling essentially vacates a more than $16 million award for families of pilot Gary Prokop and passenger James Kosak.

An attorney for Kosak's family filed a petition Friday asking for a Supreme Court review. A petition also is expected soon from the pilot's family.

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