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Published June 28, 2011, 05:37 PM

Supreme Court to Review Cirrus Case Over '03 Northern MN Crash

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

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court will 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 reversed a lower court decision that found Cirrus and the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation negligent. The appeals court ruling essentially vacated a more than $16 million award for families of pilot Gary Prokop and passenger James Kosak.

Attorneys for the Kosak and Prokop families had asked the Supreme Court to review the case.

The UND Aerospace Foundation, which conducted pilot training, also sought a review, which will be handled as a cross-appeal.

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