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Air France will pay families about €17,500 ($24,500) in initial compensation for each victim of the crash of Flight 447 this month, the company's chief executive says.

So far, Air France has been in touch with about 1,800 relatives of the people who died when the Airbus A330 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, chief executive Paul-Henri Gourgeon told France's RTL radio Friday.

The company is also providing families with counseling, he said. Read full article »

CNN's Pierre Meilhan in Atlanta, Georgia, contributed to this report.

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