Germanwings families reject compensation offer as 'too low'

Germanwings victim’s families criticise airline company Lufthansa’s offer as being 'too low'

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

One of the lawyers representing Germanwings victims’ families, Elmar Giemulla, said that the 25,000 euros compensation fee for each German citizen who was the victim of last year's Germanwings plane crash is "too low," adding that the offer is to be rejected by the victims’ families.

Germanwings Flight 4525 crashed into the French Alps on its way back to Germany on March 24. Black box records suggested that 27-year-old pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the cockpit door when the head pilot was out and killed all 150 passengers on board.

The French Bureau of Investigation and Analysis, BEA, which is in control of the investigations into the crash, at the time released a statement saying the co-pilot might have deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 plane into the French Alps, tracing reports detailing the co-pilot of practicing rapid descent on flight simulators.

Investigators believed that the co-pilot had a depressive background. German prosecutors also noted that Lubitz researched suicide methods over a number of months.

Speaking on behalf of 30 victim’s families, Giemulla told Lufthansa officials that "the outrage is considerable. We are now waiting for a new offer."

After Lufthansa made a 25,000-euro offer in addition to 10,000 euros per “immediate relative,” Giemulla wrote a letter to Lufthansa saying the families will not accept the airline company’s offer unless it is a “lower six-figure sum” and asked to broaden the scope of immediate relatives to include grandparents, grandchildren and siblings.

Lufthansa is yet to respond to Giemulla’s letter.

TRTWorld and agencies