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Taiwan's TransAsia Airways offers record compensation of $621k to victims of plane crash

Published on Aug 25, 2014 6:17 PM
 
Relatives of passengers on board the crashed Transasia Airways plane prepare for a Daoist ceremony on the Taiwan's offshore island Penghu, on July 24, 2014. Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said on Monday it had offered record compensation to the families of each passenger killed in a domestic flight even though the cause of the crash is still unclear. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said on Monday it had offered record compensation to the families of each passenger killed in a domestic flight even though the cause of the crash is still unclear.

The offer of TW$14.9 million (S$621,000) was made to representatives of the 48 victims attending talks at Magong on Penghu island. The victims' representatives did not accept the offer on the spot but agreed to give it further consideration, according to an airline statement.

"As the owner of the plane, we'd like to take responsibility for the deaths and injuries... even though the responsibility for the accident has yet to be clarified," said TransAsia Airways president Chooi Yee-chong. The airline said the compensation would be a record for Taiwan.

Flight GE222 carrying 54 passengers and four crew crashed last month near the airport in Penghu, a scenic island group in the Taiwan Strait. The crash into houses after an aborted landing - the island's worst air disaster in a decade - also left 10 injured, some of them badly. Two French nationals were among the dead.

 
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