Air France Crash Families Get Initial Payout: $24,000 Per Person
Air France will pay initial compensation to the families of the victims killed in the Atlantic air crash of Air France Flight 447 on June 1.
The company will pay a "first advance" €17, 500 euros, or $24,000 USD, to the families of all 228 victims when the French plane crashed en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
Air France chief Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said a first payment of 17,500 euros ($24,000, £14,800) would be made for each victim.
The French airline will pay out a "first advance" of around £15,000 per victim, but it stressed this should not be seen as an admission of liability by the firm.
Fifty bodies have been recovered from the water so far, while Brazilian and French ships continue the search.
Passengers from more than 30 countries were on board the Airbus A330 when it crashed. The cause of the crash is still unknown.