Yak-42 families sue air companies for EUR 60m
24 January 2006, ZARAGOZA — The families of the victims of Spain's worst peacetime air crash began their civil action against an aircraft company, a brokerage firm and an insurance company.
24 January 2006
ZARAGOZA — The families of the victims of Spain's worst peacetime air crash began their civil action against an aircraft company, a brokerage firm and an insurance company.
Relatives of 61 of the 62 soldiers who died in the crash in 2003 are suing the aircraft company Um Air, the air brokers Chapman Freeborn Air marketing GMBH and an Ukrainian insurance company, Busin Joint Stock Insurance Company.
The action relates to the accident in which an ageing former Soviet Yakolev-42 plane which crashed in Turkey in March 2003 was used to take 62 Spanish peacekeepers home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. 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 Association of the Victims of the Yak-42 are suing the companies for EUR 1 million in compensation for each person who died.
They allege 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 trial, in a court in Zaragoza, is expected to last until at least 27 January.
The three companies claimed on Monday they had been unaware of the case but are defending their case.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news