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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Airline to Pay Families

THESSALONIKI, Greece ? A Greek court has ordered a Ukrainian air carrier to pay more than $1.6 million to the relatives of two people killed in a 1997 plane crash that claimed 72 other lives, court sources said Tuesday.

The decision could pave the way for similar damages in dozens of lawsuits filed by relatives of those killed when the plane crashed into snow-covered mountains in December 1997 while attempting to land in Thessaloniki. All 74 people aboard the Yak-42 died.

Lvov Airlines, which rented the aircraft to the Aerosweet company, must pay a total of 610 million drachmas ($1.635 million) to relatives of Panagiotis Kois and Pashalis Karathanasis, court sources said.