Friday, March 27, 2015

Crash A320: Germanwings offers “up to 50,000 euros … – Europe1

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News This is a first gesture from Germanwings the company, whose plane crashed Tuesday in the Alps with 150 people on board. According to one of its spokesmen, the low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa will offer “up to 50,000 euros per passenger” friends of the victims to cope with immediate expenses.

Assistance and no compensation. This assistance has nothing to do with the compensation that should be paid under the responsibility of the company. For a time, and given that the liability of the company was not directly involved in the plane crash intentionally provoked by Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot, there was the question of whether compensation would be paid or not. So the answer is given.

The legal question. Holger Hopperdietzel, a lawyer specializing in air transport cited by the Tagesspiegel , Lufthansa could have to pay between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of euros per victim, once the relatives have exercised their claims.

10-30000000 of compensation? Elmar Giemulla, air law professor at the Technical University of Berlin, told the German regional newspaper Rheinische Post had said his side that Lufthansa should deal with compensation claims “a small amount, double-digit millions”, that is to say of the order of 10 to 30 million euros in total. According to experts of the insurance, the fact that the accident was caused deliberately by the first officer of the unit charged with precipitated the aircraft on the ground while the captain was out of the cockpit, not actually change anything in compensation for loss of life.

The role of the insurer Allianz Global Corporate & amp.; Specialty (GATS), a subsidiary of German insurer Allianz specializing in risk management for large groups, is the leading insurers Germanwings. Moreover, “the fact that the co-pilot did not report his illness to his superiors,” as said prosecutors in Düsseldorf Friday “does not result in exclusion from the Lufthansa insurance policy,” he stressed the legal responsibility of an airline. “Every employee has the right to privacy, it is his responsibility if he hides things,” he explained

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