British Airways pays up to victims of Potters Bar "paedophile pilot"

PUBLISHED: 11:01 04 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 04 March 2016

Simon Wood

Simon Wood

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British Airways has agreed to pay damages to child victims of a Potters Bar pilot who killed himself when facing abuse charges.

Simon Wood threw himself under a train near Potters Bar station in August 2013. just days after being given bail for charges of indecent assault on a girl under 16, and making and possessing sexual images of children.

Law firm Leigh Day then pursued damages against British Airways on behalf of several children allegedly molested during his stop-offs in east Africa.

Today, the airline announced it had reached a settlement, although without admitting liability or disclosing details.

A spokeswoman said: “The allegations against Simon Wood have been shocking and horrifying. Though we do not bear any legal responsibility for Simon Wood’s actions, we recognise the impact they had on his victims and the distress and suffering they caused.

“This recognition is reflected in the agreement we have made with the victims’ representatives.”

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