Hamm (dpa) - The Higher Regional Court (OLG) in the Westphalian town of Hamm is negotiating on June 1 in an appeal process about additional claims for pain and suffering from the survivors of the Germanwings crash in 2015. The Essen Regional Court had in the first instance in July 2020 the lawsuit of eight relatives against the Lufthansa rejected as a Germanwings mother and its flight school in the USA.

According to the judges, Lufthansa or the flight school were not responsible for checking whether the co-pilot was able to fly at all.

The medical surveillance obligation is the responsibility of the state.

Now the higher regional court is dealing with the question, as a spokesman confirmed on Monday.

According to the investigation, on March 24, 2015, the co-pilot, who used to suffer from depression, deliberately steered the plane into a mountain in the French Alps.

All 150 inmates were killed, including 16 students and two teachers from a high school in Haltern am See on the northern edge of the Ruhr area.


Lufthansa had already made payments after the accident.

According to earlier information from the airline, next of kin received 10,000 euros per person for pain and suffering, and 25,000 euros are said to have been paid for each fatality as so-called heritable pain and suffering.

The surviving dependents are suing for the payment of a further 30,000 euros for the relatives and for a doubling of the inheritable compensation for pain and suffering to 50,000 euros.

It is currently unclear whether a decision will be announced by the OLG at the end of the oral hearing on June 1st.

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