Yak-42 families awarded compensation payouts
10 February 2006, ZARAGOZA — Three companies responsible for the plane involved in Spain's worst peacetime air crash have been ordered to pay millions of euros in compensation to the families of the victims.
10 February 2006
ZARAGOZA — Three companies responsible for the plane involved in Spain's worst peacetime air crash have been ordered to pay millions of euros in compensation to the families of the victims.
A judge ordered Ukranian Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air), the air contractor Chapman Freeborn and the insurance agent Busin Joint-Stock Insurance to pay compensation of between EUR 8,856 and EUR 130,000 to each of the 62 families.
The judgement comes after the families launched a civil action seeking EUR 60m in compensation from the three companies involved in the air crash in which 62 Spanish soldiers died.
Spanish peacekeepers were on their way home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan when the ageing former Soviet Yakolev-42 plane in which they were travelling crashed in Turkey in March 2003. All the soldiers and crew were killed.
The case has proved a huge scandal in Spain after it was revealed the government used an old plane with a poorly trained crew to save just EUR 6,000.
It was also revealed that some of the bodies of the dead were mixed-up when post-mortems were hurriedly carried out before state funerals.
The judge in a Zaragoza court awarded the damages according to the 'individual worth' of each soldier, which is usually measured in terms of earning capacity and the number of dependents that person had.
The Association of the Victims of the Yak-42 sued the companies for EUR 1 million in compensation for each person who died.
They alleged the tragedy caused "psychological, material, moral and financial damage".
The case has no connection with the pending investigation being carried out by Spain's leading court into the role played by senior military figures in the tragedy.
The three companies denied liability.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news