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Lawyers: Lufthansa compensation after crash too low

Settlements in the tens of thousands of dollars are inadequate, they said.

By Ed Adamczyk
Lawyers: Lufthansa compensation after crash too low
A picture from march 26, 2015, shows members of the French national gendarmerie investigating the area after the A320 Germanwings passenger aircraft crashed in a mountain range of the French Alps. The plane heading to Dusseldorf from Barcelona with 150 people onboard was allegedly taken down by its co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. There were no survivors. Photo by Francis Pellier/MI DICOM/UPI | License Photo

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 30 (UPI) -- Lawyers of families of the March crash of a Germanwings aircraft in which 150 died said Tuesday compensation offers are too low.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, parent company of Germanwings, said families of each passenger aboard Flight 9525, were offered 25,000 Euros ($27,880), plus 10,000 Euros ($11,152) for each immediate next of kin, for "immaterial damage," considered pain and suffering. Material costs of 50,000 Euros ($55,761) per passenger were also paid in compliance with a German victims' compensation law; Lufthansa also set aside undisclosed sums of money in trusts, for future needs of victims' families, as well as a 7.8 million Euro ($8.7 million) fund to be used to educate victims' children.

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The plane, an Airbus A320, was traveling from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, when it crashed in the French Alps. Prosecutors claim co-pilot Andrea Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane. The passengers were primarily German and Spanish citizens.

"Lufthansa has made a completely unacceptable offer. The 10,000 Euros should be a six-digit figure," Berlin-based lawyer Elmar Giemulla, who represents 34 families, said Tuesday in a statement.

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Christof Wellens, a lawyer who represents 31 other families, agreed with Giemulla and said he will investigate other possibilities of Lufthansa does no increase its compensation figures.

Compensation following place accidents varies widely, and it is expected Spanish victims' families will be compensated according to Spanish law, and Germans according to German law.

"It is still open whether for U.K. or U.S. victims their national legislation applies," said Lufthansa lawyer Michael Niggemann.

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