Flight 93 Crash Site Worth $1.5 Million

Property may be seized through eminent domain for use as a memorial.

The Legal Intelligencer reports: 

The western Pennsylvania land where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11 can be taken by eminent domain, a federal judge has ruled.

Those 276 acres are worth $1.5 million, including the oil and gas rights and eight acres of coal, U.S. District Senior Judge Donetta W. Ambrose of the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled when she adopted the recommendation of a three-member commission that she had named to evaluate the worth of the land.

A family-owned mining company in Somerset, Pa., called Svonavec Inc. owned the property.

That family had asked for $23 million for the property, which the commission determined should be preserved as a memorial. 170,000 people visit the site annually.