Lufthansa sets aside $300m for Germanwings compensation

Lufthansa sets aside $300m for Germanwings compensation

Lufthansa has put aside $300 million to cover possible costs arising from last week's Germanwings crash which killed 150 people.

The carrier, which owns Germanwings, said the money would cover "all costs arising in connection with the case".

The $300 million is separate from the $54,250 available to the relatives of each passenger to cover short-term expenses.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is suspected of deliberately crashing the Airbus A320 in the French Alps, killing all passengers and crew on board.

Lufthansa confirmed last night that it had submitted additional training and medical documents to the Düsseldorf public prosecutor.

These included email correspondence of the co-pilot with the flight training pilot school.

“In this correspondence he informed the flight training pilot school in 2009, in the medical documents he submitted in connection with resuming his flight training, about a ‘previous episode of severe depression’,” Lufthansa said.

“Lufthansa will continue to provide the investigating authorities with its full and unlimited support.

“As already confirmed last Thursday to the public the co-pilot held a fully valid class 1 medical certificate.”

Lufthansa has cancelled its 60th anniversary celebrations planned for April 15 and will instead hold a memorial service for the victims of flight 4U 95245 on April 17 at Cologne Cathedral.

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