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MAS pays families of seven MH370 passengers $62,500 each

Published on Jun 12, 2014 3:34 PM
 
Journalists interview a group of Chinese relatives of passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as they gather outside the building housing the Malaysian Airlines office in Beijing on June 11, 2014. Malaysia Airlines has so far paid US$50,000 (S$62,507) each to the families of seven passengers of MH370 as advance compensation, Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainuddin said, adding that payments for the other 232 passengers are still being processed or reviewed by their respective governments. -- PHOTO: AFP 

PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia Airlines has so far paid US$50,000 (S$62,507) each to the families of seven passengers of MH370 as advance compensation, Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainuddin said, adding that payments for the other 232 passengers are still being processed or reviewed by their respective governments.

The amount is part of the final insurance payment, to be calculated when the plane's wreckage is finally found. So far, there has been no sign of any wreckage from the Boeing B777-200 jet despite the largest aviation search-and-recovery operation in history.

"We have conducted 43 sessions with the next-of-kin on various issues," Datuk Hamzah, who leads Malaysia's ministerial-level sub-committee to resolve next-of-kin issues, told a news conference on Thursday.

He said of the seven passengers given the payouts, six were Malaysians and one Chinese national. The rest of the cases were still being processed either through direct meetings or via lawyers appointed by the families, he added.

 
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