- The British Airways flight has agreed to compensate some children who were abused by one of its pilot during stopovers
- The pilot in question, Simon wood is reported to have killed himself after charges were leveled against him
- The Airline company has denied liability for the crime but wants to compensate the victims on pure humanitarian grounds
British Airways has agreed to be responsible for the abuse of some African children by its former pilot, Simon Wood.
The British airline which initially denied liabilities in a statement referred to the allegations against Simon Wood have been shocking and horrifying.
The statement noted that the airline does not bear any legal responsibility for Mr Wood's actions, but they recognise the impact his horrifying act had on his victims and the distress and suffering they caused to the children.
According to them, the recognition of the abuses is reflected in the companies’ agreement to pay some monies to the victims. The company is willing to pay an undisclosed amount to the children who were sexually abused by one of its pilots in East Africa.
Simon Wood, 54, from Potters Bar in Hertfordshire, took his own life in August 2013 after he was accused of sexually assaulting children. He was reported to have been hit by a train 11 days before he was due to appear in a UK court charged with abuse in Africa and the UK.
Lawyers claimed the airline is responsible because the alleged victims were assaulted by Mr Wood while he was on stopovers. A mother of two of the alleged victims, aged nine and 16, said Mr Wood took them all to the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi during stopovers in Kenya and showered her children with gifts.
Mr Wood had been charged with one count of indecently assaulting a girl under 16, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing indecent images of a child. An inquest in July 2014 ruled that he had taken his own life following the accusations, which included allegations that he abused children in Africa while doing voluntary work for the airline.
In Africa he allegedly molested girls between the ages of five and 13 in schools and orphanages in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania between 2003 and 2013, law firm Leigh Day said in July 2014.