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NORTHWEST REACHES SETTLEMENT

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Northwest Airlines reached settlements Tuesday in all remaining lawsuits filed by victims' relatives over a 1987 crash that killed 156 people.

U.S. District Judge Julian A. Cook announced the settlements this morning before opening arguments were to have begun in a trial of the lawsuits.Terms of the settlements were not disclosed.

Suits are still pending against McDonnell Douglas Corp., maker of the plane. Claims by McDonnell Douglas and Northwest against each other also are unresolved.

The trial was to have determined whether and to what degree Northwest and McDonnell Douglas were to blame for the crash of Flight 255 on takeoff from Detroit for Phoenix. Lawsuits over the crash were consolidated into one case.

The only survivor was Cecelia Cichan, then 4, of Tempe, Ariz., whose parents and brother died in the crash.