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Settlement reached in lawsuit over plane crash that killed Mpls man, 3 boys

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The Federal Aviation Administration and a company that provides air traffic control services have agreed to a confidential settlement with a Minneapolis family after a father and his three sons were killed in a Wyoming plane crash two years ago.

On Oct. 25, 2010, a single-engine Mooney 20J piloted by 40-year-old Luke Bucklin left the Jackson Hole Airport in a snowstorm. Bucklin's 14-year-old twin sons, Nate and Nick, and 12-year-old son Noah were also aboard.

Officials said the plane disappeared from radar about an hour later. The wreckage was found a week later in a rugged mountain range with no survivors.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded last year that Bucklin decided to fly his heavily loaded plane over the mountains in snowy weather despite being advised of the potential hazards of the flight, the Associated Press reported.

NTSB also noted in its report that an air traffic controller employed by Virginia-based Serco, Inc. instructed Bucklin to fly over the mountains at too low an altitude.

Bucklin's ex-wife Michelle Bucklin filed a lawsuit earlier this year, claiming the controller's negligence caused the crash.

Luke Bucklin was president and co-founder of the Bloomington-based Web development company Sierra Bravo Corp.

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