MAS, Aussie family settle case over downing of MH17

The engine of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17's Boeing 777 at the crash site.
The engine of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17's Boeing 777 at the crash site.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia Airlines (MAS) announced yesterday that it has reached a settlement with an Australian family who lost four members on Flight MH17.

Perth couple Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris lost their children Evie, 10, Mo, 12, and Otis, 8, along with the children's grandfather on the Boeing 777, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014.

The airline said in a statement it has reached "an amicable and confidential settlement with the Maslin family and, therefore, the suit has been withdrawn".

It said it would not "disclose any further details on this suit or about the details of the settlement in respect to the privacy of the family".

MAS also said that to date, a "substantial number" of next of kin have reached settlements with the airline, while others were "still seeking compensation and are pursuing their claims in their respective jurisdictions".

A lawyer representing families of six MAS crew members on MH17 said the airline had offered to settle for an undisclosed amount in June last year, but the families had rejected the proposed sum. "There was another offer in January and we're still considering," lawyer Saw Wei Siang said yesterday.

The Malaysian lawsuit last June came two weeks after a suit by 33 next of kin from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia was filed against Russia and against its President Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights.

MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 on board, most of them Dutch citizens.

A Dutch-led criminal investigation concluded in September last year that a BUK missile, transported from Russia, was fired from a field in a part of war-torn Ukraine, then controlled by pro-Russian rebels, and hit the plane. But it stopped short of saying who pulled the trigger.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2017, with the headline 'MAS, Aussie family settle case over downing of MH17'. Print Edition | Subscribe