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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Airlines to provide financial assistance to victims' kin

Published on Jul 21, 2014 7:05 PM
 
A Malaysian family arrives to confirm the news that their relatives were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. Malaysia Airlines said it will provide US$5,000 (S$ 6,200) to each family of passengers of downed Flight MH17, the airline said on Monday, July 21, 2014. 

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia Airlines said it will provide US$5,000 (S$ 6,200) to each family of passengers of downed Flight MH17, the airline said on Monday.

The financial assistance, which is to "ease the immediate families of the passengers with their economic needs", will not be offset against the final compensation or affect families' legal rights to claim, Malaysia Airlines said in a statement.

"Funds have already been made available for this purpose,"it added.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.

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