Malaysia Airlines settles damages with MH17 victims: report

Malaysia Airlines has struck a deal with the families of the victims on board MH17 to settle damages claims, said Dutch national broadcaster NOS on July 17, 2016.
Malaysia Airlines has struck a deal with the families of the victims on board MH17 to settle damages claims, said Dutch national broadcaster NOS on July 17, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) - Malaysia Airlines has struck a deal to settle damages claims for most of the victims on board flight MH17 that was shot down over eastern Ukraine two years ago, on Sunday (July 17), Dutch national broadcaster NOS reported.

NOS cited Veeru Mewa, a lawyer representing Dutch victims. Under the Montreal Convention, airlines must pay damages of up to about €130,000 (S$193,000) to victims' families, regardless of the circumstances of a crash.

MH17 was shot down over territory held by pro-Russia separatists, killing all 298 passengers and crew. Most of the passengers were Dutch.