$2 Million Reached in Last Case from United Airlines Flight 232 Plane Crash
Firms' Clients Awarded Over $70 Million In Damages
October 1, 1999
In the final lawsuit stemming from the crash of United Airlines flight #232 on July 19, 1989, suburban
Chicago resident John Hatch settled his lawsuit for $2 million. Hatch's attorney, Corboy & Demetrio
partner Francis Patrick Murphy, said the firm represented over 40 victims of the crash that killed 111
passengers. Firm founder Philip H. Corboy and Murphy also negotiated the largest settlement in the
case, a $25 million award for the family of one of the people killed in the crash.
Hatch, now 56 years old, survived the tragedy that occurred after the plane's tail-mounted engine
exploded during a flight from Denver to Chicago. The explosion severed all three hydraulic lines,
causing the pilots to lose control of the aircraft. The pilots were credited with steering the aircraft by
alternating the thrust of the plane's two other engines, but the emergency landing proved too much for
the disabled plane. The right wing clipped the ground and the plane ignited and cartwheeled down the
runway, the fuselage landing in a nearby cornfield. Remarkably, 184 people survived the crash.
Murphy said Hatch's settlement was the highest for any survivor of United Airlines flight #232. Mr.
Hatch and his wife now live in Wisconsin.