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The Nation

Attorneys for Samantha Smith’s mother, Jane, filed a $50-million lawsuit in Boston against Bar Harbor Airways Inc., operator of the commuter plane that crashed in fog and rain Aug. 25, 1985, killing the 13-year-old girl, her father, Arthur, and six others. Samantha had attracted national attention by writing to then-Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov, mentioning her fears about the possibility of nuclear war. At Andropov’s invitation, the Maine girl and her family visited his country in 1983.


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