ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION:
There might have been other lawsuits, but this is one of them (please see the link below, from leagle.com):
Andor VS. Unite Airlines
A8301-00133; CA A32141.
719 P.2d 492 (1986)
79 Or.App. 311
Elizabeth Marina ANDOR, a minor, by Maria Fasciano AFFATIGATO, her guardian ad litem, Appellant,
UNITED AIR LINES, INC., a corportaion and Malburn A. McBroom, Respondents.
Court of Appeals of Oregon, In Banc.
Argued and Submitted November 13, 1985.
Resubmitted April 2, 1986.
Decided May 14, 1986.
Link says: "The jury returned a verdict for $161,275.32 in general and special damages, no punitive damages against McBroom and $750,000 in punitive damages against United. United moved for judgment notwithstanding the verdict as to the punitive damages, and the trial court granted the motion. Plaintiff appeals and contends that there was sufficient evidence on which the jury could base an award of punitive damages.2 We agree and reverse."
DATE AND LOCATION OF THE CRASH:
December 28, 1978, Oregon.
CAUSE OF THE CRASH:
According to the Wikipedia site, below, corrosion caused the landing gear to free-fall, damaging a micro-switch, which failed to give them a green light to land, which caused them to circle until the problem was resolved. A second problem was that the pilot failed to monitor fuel as they were absorbed in thought about the landing gear. That caused the crash.
The second link mentions that two other crew members failed to understand how critical the low fuel situation was. Furthermore, the link claims that they were not able to communicate effectively to the captain. Some links claim that this lack of communication was due to multi-culturalism (perhaps bigotry and a lack of respect blocked communications?).
The 3rd link says that it flattened two empty houses.
The 4th link is info from an airline worker's son. This son witnessed the crash about 200 yards from his location.