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Insurer for Church Destroyed in Airport Landslide to Sue


The insurance company for the church destroyed in the Yeager Airport landslide has given formal notice that it will sue the airport and others over the damage.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company filed the notice last week that it intends to sue the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority on behalf of Keystone Apostolic Church. The church was destroyed when the airport’s safety-overrun slope fell last year.

Attorney Jeffrey Van Volkenburg says the lawsuit will seek damages for the failure of the structure the airport maintained and for failing to provide the church with adequate warning of the failure.

The church’s insurer also will sue the engineering firm and other companies that were associated with the safety overrun’s construction and maintenance.