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Families of Germanwings crash victims offered ‘inadequate’ compensation: lawyer

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 and provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work among debris of the Germanwings passenger jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. .
In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 and provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work among debris of the Germanwings passenger jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. . Yves Malenfer, Ministere de l'Interieur / AP Photo

BERLIN – A lawyer for relatives of people killed in the Germanwings crash in March says parent company Lufthansa has made a compensation offer.

Elmar Giemulla said in an emailed statement Tuesday that the company is offering 25,000 euros ($27,740) in compensation per passenger, plus payments of 10,000 euros each to immediate relatives. He described that as “completely inadequate.”

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Prosecutors believe the Airbus A320 was intentionally crashed into a French mountain by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz on March 24, killing all 150 people on board Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

Immediately after the crash, Lufthansa offered aid of up to 50,000 euros ($56,000) per passenger to their relatives, independent of any eventual compensation payments.

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