German govt should compensate crash victims' families - airline

2015-06-29 17:07
A wreath is set up in front of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. (Frank Augstein, AP)

A wreath is set up in front of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. (Frank Augstein, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Frankfurt - People who lost relatives and loved ones in March's Germanwings crash in France should turn to the German government for damages, a spokesperson for the airline's parent company, Lufthansa, said on Monday.

French and German prosecutors have said that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally flew Germanwings flight 4U 9525 into the French Alps on March 24, killing 150, most likely amid issues with depression and worries about his health.

Prosecutors have so far not suggested that either airline faces charges in the crash.

Lufthansa has, however, already provided $55 500 in assistance per victim to surviving family members. Nonetheless, several groups have begun to consider lawsuits against the airline.

But an airline official said on Monday that, under German law, victims of acts of violence are supposed to turn to the state for reparations. The law, according to the airline, also applies to acts of violence that occur on planes owned by German concerns.

Christof Wellens, an attorney working with the 60 relatives of 15 flight 4U 9525 victims, said he was confused by the announcement.

"I don't know what to do with this information," he said, calling the offer unhelpful. He said, as far as he knew, conversations about civil suits had only just begun.

The Lufthansa spokesperson said relatives and their lawyers will be notified about the way forward. However, he did note that damages owed under German law could be different depending upon the nationality of the victim. Only about half the victims were German.

Germany's Transportation Ministry and the German Aviation Administration are set on Tuesday to release a report on lessons learned in the wake of the crash.

Read more on:    germanwings  |  lufthansa  |  germany  |  germanwings crash

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.