**ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY DEC. 28** Monies are counted at a Stokvel meeting in Nhlazuka, South Africa, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. The savings and loan club, known as stokvels, have worked fro generations in South African villages and townships. Neighbors gather, each contributes a small sum, and can draw loans from the pot, often kept in a members home instead of a bank, for necessities like school uniforms or emergencies like a doctors visit. (AP Photo/John Robinson)

San Diego- A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the US government to pay $17.8 million (R146m) to a Korean family that lost four members when a Marine Corps fighter jet crashed into their San Diego home in 2008.

US District Judge Jeffrey Miller’s ruling came after a non-jury trial between the Department of Justice and the family, who sought $56 million for emotional and monetary loss.

The Marine Corps blamed the crash on mechanical failure and human error.- Sapa-AP