Selke v. Germanwings GmbH, 261 F. Supp. 3d 666 – Dist. Court, ED Virginia 2017

United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria Division


The decedents passengers were killed when Germanwings flight 9525 was deliberately flown into the ground en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, Germany. The decedent passengers had purchased transportation on Germanwings pursuant to an interline ticketing arrangement for travel from the United States to England, via Germany and Spain, under which United Airlines and Lufthansa were agents for Germanwings.


Were United Airlines and Lufthansa (a) liable as contracting carriers for the Germanwings accident or (b) not liable as “successive carriers”?


No discussion yet for this case.

Useful for

Interline is not Article 39 MC99

Interline is successive carriage

No liability of successive carrier for death or injury on other successive carrier

Treaty provisions considered

Article 36 MC99

Montreal Convention 1999

Legislation considered

None identified.

Key subjects or concepts

Successive Carrier Liability/