Jury awards Ponca City woman $11 million

Thursday, August 24th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A jury Thursday awarded an aspiring opera singer from Oklahoma $11 million for injuries she suffered in last year's crash of an American Airlines jet at Little Rock.

Kristin Maddox had sued the airline, saying damage to her voice box and hands ruined her dream of having a professional music career. She sought $35 million; American suggested an award of $3.6 million.

"This isn't over for the survivors for Flight 1420. This will never be over," Maddox said. "I live with it every night in my dreams. My personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the only thing that will allow me to heal."

Maddox was traveling with a singing group from Ouachita Baptist University when the plane crashed June 1, 1999, while landing during a thunderstorm at Little Rock National Airport. Eleven people were killed and more than 80 were injured.