Germanwings 4U9525 Update: Lufthansa Prepares Compensation To Families Of Crash Victims

Germanwings 4U9525 Update: Lufthansa Prepares Compensation To Families Of Crash Victims
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Families of the victims of the ill-fated Germanwings Flight 4U9525 jet stand to receive offers of compensation from Deutsche Lufthansa (LHAG.DE).


A report by Reuters, citing an unidentified airline spokesman, states the company has started preparing the necessary requirements for the financial assistance. The exact amount wasn’t disclosed, although it was reported in March that Lufthansa offered to pay up to US$40,000 per passenger. The offers could be done “in the coming days.”

A total of 150 people died on March 24, 2015 when Airbus A-320 Germanwings Flight 4U9525 jet crashed in the Alps. The crash was allegedly planned and deliberately executed by the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who was reportedly suffering from depression. The international passenger flight was bound for Germany from Spain. There were 144 passengers – two pilots, and four cabin crew on board – from at least 18 countries, mostly Germany and Spain. French and German prosecutors both charged the crash was intentional because Lubitz programmed the aircraft’s autopilot to descend from 38,000 to just 100 feet after captain Patrick Sonderheimer left the flight deck to go to the toilet.

Elmar Giemulla, a professor of aviation law at the Technical University of Berlin, quoted by the Rheinische Post, saidsaid Lufthansa could pay a total of €10–30 million in compensation.

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Moreover, an international law called the Montreal Convention sets a ceiling of €143,000 per victim in the event an airline is held liable unless negligence can be proved.