15 Mar 2009

Compensation for families of Air NZ Airbus victims

11:30 am on 15 March 2009

Air New Zealand says the families of victims of last year's Airbus crash off the coast of France will receive compensation for their loss.

Five New Zealanders were among the seven people killed when a test flight went down in the Mediterranean Sea as it was coming in to land at Perpignan Airport in November.

The five New Zealanders were a company pilot, three engineers and a Civil Aviation Authority employee.

A German charter airline, X-L, had been leasing the Airbus A320, but was due to hand it back to Air New Zealand. Two German pilots were also killed in the crash.

A spokesperson says Air New Zealand is working towards securing financial compensation for the families, but will not comment on how much that will be.

Last month, the airline received a $76 million insurance payout to compensate for the loss of the two-year-old aircraft.