Germanwings Offers to Pay, Families React in 'Horror'

Offer of $27K per victim isn't nearly enough: lawyer
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2015 7:52 AM CDT
In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, French emergency rescue services work among debris of the Germanwings passenger jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France.   (AP Photo/Yves Malenfer, Ministere de l'Interieur)
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(Newser) – Relatives of victims of the Germanwings plane crash say they're "appalled" by a compensation offer meant to ease their suffering. Parent company Lufthansa says it will pay $27,700 per victim—in addition to some $55,540 paid immediately after the crash—plus an $11,110 payment to each immediate family member for immaterial damage.

Immediate relatives are considered children, parents, and partners, a lawyer representing families of 35 victims tells NBC News, adding "reactions ranged from blank horror and rage to despair and bitterness." Reps for the families add Air France gave $1.1 million per victim after a crash in 2000. Any compensation for material damages has yet to be decided.

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