Malaysia Flight MH370: No survivors, compensation offered

2014-03-25 12:19
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Cape Town -  Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has confirmed that Flight MH370 had ended far from any runway in the Southern Indian Ocean, ending any hope of survivors being found, 18 days after the plane went missing.

In the most recent development, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has issued a statement to say the Indian Ocean search, narrowed down to an area roughly four times the size of the Western Cape, has been suspended until Wednesday due to bad weather.

First reports that as the mission has changed from finding survivors to recovering any bodies, the wreckage and the all important black box, Malaysia Airlines has offered financial help to the 239 passengers' next of kin.

A payment of US$5 000 (about R54 050at R10.81/$) will initially be maid, with the airline said to be making more payments as the search for the jetliner continues.

In addition to the monetary compensation, 700 caregivers (two per family), is being offered along with 24-hour counselling being made available.

This comes as irate relatives of Chinese passengers on crashed Flight MH370 scuffled with security personnel outside Malaysia's embassy on Tuesday, demanding answers about the plane's mysterious disappearance in the Indian Ocean.

Both Malaysian airlines and the Malaysian government have come under massive criticism in the handling of the MH370 plane mystery, with family members complaining about a lack of reliable information – with many suspecting they are not being told the truth.

The airline has denied reports that relatives of those involved have been isolated during search for MH370, stating that it was also a "painful period" for the airline.
Malaysia's decision to declare the aircraft lost in international waters, based on fresh analysis of satellite data by UK-based Inmarsat, in no way solves the mystery surrounding the incident -  as authorities continue what could be the most costly and challenging air crash investigations in history.
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