WNCC, WCCA Board Settle 2nd 2021 Student Aviation Training Accident Claim

WNCC, WCCA Board Settle 2nd 2021 Student Aviation Training Accident Claim
The WCCA Board of Governors meets for their regular monthly gathering in Scottsbluff (Courtesy Photo)
August 17th, 2022 | Scott Miller

Western Nebraska Community College and the Western Community College Area Board have come to settlement of a claim by the estate of the second of two students who died in a tragic aviation program accident last year.

21-year-old Yemin An of Seoul, South Korea, died from injuries suffered while working on an airplane engine at the WNCC Aviation Maintenance training facility in Sidney April 1, 2021.

According to Attorney Phil Kelly, An’s estate received $700,000 from the college’s insurance company, plus $10,000 paid by WNCC for expenses.

The settlement is the same as reached last May with the estate of 24-year-old Zhaoxin Chen of Xi’an, China.

Both students were sophomores in the WNCC Aviation Maintenance Technician Program, and following their passing, a memorial fund was established in both of their names.

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