The mental status and intentions of the co-pilot involved in March 24’s fatal crash of a Germanwings flight in the French Alps remains unclear, but the low-cost carrier and its insurance provider could still be on the hook for a substantial settlement. The crash, involving an Airus A320 en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, killed all 150 on board.
While it’s been reported that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz hid a mental condition from his employer, there is a chance the company could still be held responsible for legal claims from the victims’ families, according to the Wall Street Journal:
Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, already announced it would be paying €50,000 (about $54,000) to the relatives of each victim of the crash. That sum, however, will not affect future settlements. Lufthansa’s stock is down over 6% since the Germanwings crash.