Judge tosses some claims in Earhart wreckage case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) A federal judge has declined a request by an aircraft preservation group to dismiss a lawsuit over aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane.

A Wyoming man contends he was defrauded when the group accepted money to continue searching for Earhart's airplane.

Timothy Mellon, son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, in June sued the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery of Delaware and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie.

The defendants deny Mellon's claim that they found the wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra in 2010 in the South Pacific. Mellon says he paid them over $1 million to continue the search in 2012.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper on Wednesday dismissed negligence and racketeering claims against the defendants. The judge declined to dismiss fraud and negligence claims.

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