NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A federal appeals court today ordered a reduction in a $2.7 million award to a man whose wife and three sons were killed in the 1982 crash of a Pan Am jetliner.

Robert Giancontieri is entitled to about $1.5 million for the deaths of Sandy Giancontieri, 26, and Robbie, 7, Ryan, 4, and Christopher, 4 months, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.

The original judgment included $1.5 million for the loss of Mrs. Giancontieri's love and affection, and $400,000 for that of each child.

The maximum allowable would be $500,000 for his wife's love and affection and $200,000 for loss of her services, and $250,000 for loss of each boy's love and affection, the 5th Circuit said.

A new trial will be held on the matter unless Giancontieri agrees to the figures outlined in the appeals court opinion.

Mrs. Giancontieri and the boys were at their home when a Boeing 727 carrying 146 people cartwheeled through a Kenner subdivision July 9.

The Giancontieris's house was among the first hit, and was torn apart.

The crash killed everyone on the plane and the Giancontieris and four other people on the ground.