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Civilian Pilots and Crew Win $4.5 Million in War Zone 'Hazard Pay' Case

This is a settlement for the Employment lawsuit.

Las Vegas, NV: A class-action lawsuit against Vision Airlines Inc has been settled, with a $4.5 million award for the plaintiffs.

The multimillion-dollar award, handed down by a federal jury in Las Vegas, will be shared by the 175 crew members who make up the class. All contended that Vision, a North Las Vegas charter airline, had failed to provide the extra hazard pay due them for flying government missions into war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2005.

The lawsuit, filed in January 2009, brought out a wealth of dramatic details on how the Vision flights were carried out: the crews flew difficult maneuvers, in missions that usually took place at night, to avoid enemy ground fire. Each of the 175 former and current Vision pilots and flight crew put their lives on the line with every flight — and in return were not paid one cent of the hazard pay owed them.

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Published on Dec-3-10


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