A federal judge has declined a request by an aircraft preservation group to dismiss a lawsuit involving aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane.
A Wyoming man says he was defrauded when the group accepted money to continue searching for Earhart's airplane after finding it. Timothy Mellon says he paid the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery of Delaware over $1 million dollars to continue searching for the plane in 2012.
U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl dismissed racketeering and negligence allegations on Wednesday, but kept fraud and misrepresentation claims intact.
The defendants deny Mellon's claim that they found the wreckage in 2010 in the South Pacific.
Mellon filed the suit in June against the aircraft recovery group and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie.