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Airbus to pay compensation to 2007 Brazil crash victims

SAO PAULO: European aircraft giant Airbus will pay some 30 million reais ($9.1 million) in compensation to relatives of the 199 people killed in a 2007 air crash in Sao Paulo, a lawyer said Monday.

“After years of negotiations, 33 families have signed the terms of the agreement with Airbus,” Gabriela Ristow told AFP.

The accord, which was reached with a total of 93 individuals, was signed in November but not previously made public.

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Airbus has agreed to pay the compensation “without delay,” Ristow said.

The accident on July 17, 2007, involved a TAM airline Airbus A320, flying from Porto Alegre to Sao Paulo. After landing, the plane ran into a building, killing all 187 aboard and 12 people on the ground.

An investigation concluded in 2009 that the cause of the accident was human error and technical problems.

In a statement, Airbus said it “confirms to have entered into settlements with victims’ relatives.”

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But it added: “The company points out that the accident with flight JJ3054 did not result from any failure or fault in any way relating to the aircraft.”

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