Air France says it will compensate families of victims aboard flight 447 which was lost over the Atlantic on June 1st. The airline says it still does not know exactly what caused the tragedy, but its investigators are now getting closer to understanding why the Paris-bound jet fell out of the sky.
Air France’s CEO, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, says ultimately its insurers will pay up to 100,000 euros per victim. “We are very much focussed on paying an advance of 17,500 euros as an interim payment,” he said. “Lawyers for the insurers are talking to the victims’ families to set up this payment.” Until the plane’s flight recorders are found there is no way of knowing for sure why the plane broke up in mid-air. Passengers from 32 nationalities died, among them 61 French people and 58 Brazilians.