Asiana offers $12,600 to crashed plane survivors
SEOUL (AFP) - Asiana Airlines said on Sunday that it was offering an initial compensation payment worth US$10,000 (S$12,600) to all surviving passengers on board a plane that crashed in San Francisco last month killing three people.
The South Korean airline recently started offering the cash to help the 288 surviving passengers meet urgent medical expenses and other needs before final compensation amounts are decided later, an Asiana spokesman told AFP.
"This is a minimum payment we are offering for all passengers, regardless of whether they were injured or not," she said, adding the amount will be deducted from the total compensation once it is decided.
Those who were relatively unharmed and whose ultimate compensation may come to less than US$10,000 will still be allowed to keep the rest of the money, she added.