Germanwings families turn down compensation offer

Families of Germans killed in the crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps have turned down the airline’s compensation offer, demanding a higher amount.

Lufthansa, the parent company of low-cost carrier Germanwings, announced on June 30 that it would offer compensation of 25,000 euros to the families of each of 72 Germans killed in disaster in March.

In addition, each of the victim’s immediate surviving kin – parents, children, adopted children, spouses and partners – would receive 10,000 euros.


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However, a lawyer for 35 relatives of the German victims says many of their clients have refused the ‘inappopriate’ offer.

The lawyer called for the compensation for each victim to be “a six-figure sum”, meaning at least 100,000 euros, and the same amount for the victim’s immediate kin.

Among the German victims were a group of school children from the town of Haltern who were returning from a school trip to Barcelona.

Prosecutors believe that the jet’s 27-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board.