Posted on: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 – 8:33 AM | Last updated: Wednesday 17 May 2023 – 8:33 AM
More than eight years after a Germanwings plane was deliberately crashed in the Alps killing all 150 people on board, Spain’s Supreme Court has awarded 14 families more money to compensate for their pain and suffering.
On March 24, 2015, a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf was deliberately directed by the co-pilot, who had previously suffered from depression, into a mountain in the French Alps. Most of the victims were either Spanish or German citizens.
The Madrid Supreme Court ruled that the percentage of compensation set by the Barcelona Regional Court in 2019 was too low in the case of the 14 plaintiffs, according to reports on Tuesday evening. Other survivors reached a settlement with the insurance company.
The Barcelona court had increased compensation by 25% due to the “exceptional nature” of the accident. If the plaintiff lives with one of the victims, another 20% is added, and if not, only 10% is added.
Accordingly, the compensation ranged between 20,000 and 625 euros ($27,833) and 105,000 euros, according to La Vanguardia newspaper.