Family of contractor killed in F-16 strafing accident will get payout in settlement with Air Force

The family of a contractor who was killed in a strafing accident during a 2017 Air Force training exercise has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the service.

Charles Holbrook, a retired Air Force master sergeant and tactical air control party airman, was fatally shot Jan. 31, 2017, at the White Sands Missile Range near Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. An F-16 Fighting Falcon, flown by a student pilot on a nighttime training mission, mistook a row of rental cars in an observation area for the target and fired on them.

Holbrook was struck in the head with a 20mm round at about 7:18 p.m. and died an hour and a half later at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

His wife of more than 22 years, Belen, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Air Force and two unidentified F-16

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Austrian Billionaire Due Big Payout After Real Estate Revaluation

(Bloomberg) — Austrian property billionaire Rene Benko and his outside investors are set for a big payout after his trophy-asset unit revalued assets to double net income.



René Benko talking on a cell phone: KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 20: Austrian real estate tycoon Rene Benko attends the KitzCharityTrophy on January 20, 2018 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)


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KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA – JANUARY 20: Austrian real estate tycoon Rene Benko attends the KitzCharityTrophy on January 20, 2018 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Signa Prime Selection AG, which owns luxury retail sites including Berlin’s KaDeWe and Vienna’s “Golden Quarter,” plans to pay 201 million euros ($237 million) in dividends, the company said in a document on its closed-door shareholder meeting, which was filed to the Austrian company register. The payment is due by the end of 2020.



René Benko talking on a cell phone: Austrian real estate tycoon Rene Benko attends the KitzCharityTrophy on January 20, 2018 in Kitzbuehel, Austria


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Austrian real estate tycoon Rene Benko attends the KitzCharityTrophy on January 20, 2018 in Kitzbuehel, Austria

The bumper payout for last year’s results comes as the coronavirus crisis prompted other retail landlords like Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Europe’s biggest, to

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