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Hawker Beechcraft Execs Seek Millions in Bonuses Despite Company's Bankruptcy

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Justice Department's bankruptcy watchdog agency is fighting a move by Hawker Beechcraft to pay eight senior executives more than $5.3 million in bonuses. In a court filing Monday, U.S. Trustee Tracy Hope Davis argues that the Kansas-based plane maker hasn't shown that its proposed bonus plan isn't a disguised retention plan. Bonuses are allowed, but must include more than just a reward for staying with a company. Hawker Beechcraft calls it an incentive award and says its plans are consistent with its commitment to strongly emerge from bankruptcy. A hearing on the proposed bonuses is set for Thursday. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in May. The court approved exclusive talks with a Chinese firm that has offered nearly $1.8 billion to purchase the company's business jet and general aviation operations.

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