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TransAsia offers NT$14.9 million per family of deceased passengers

TransAsia offers NT$14.9 million per family of deceased passengers

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) TransAsia Airways (????) offered Wednesday to pay NT$14.9 million (US$472,807) in compensation for each passenger and crew member killed in the Feb. 4 Taipei crash of one of its planes in Taipei. It was immediately rejected by every one of the victims' relatives in attendance at the second mediation hearing since the crash that killed at least 40 people, citing dissatisfaction with the sum and "method" of payment. The offer extended by TransAsia CEO Chen Hsin-te (???) included NT$13.5 million as a compensation settlement alongside the NT$1.2 million funeral subsidy and NT$200,000 consolation money that has already been paid to each family. Liu Chung-chi (???), a representative for the company, said TransAsia will continue communicating with the victims' families to find a solution agreeable to all parties. A total of 58 people, including 53 passengers, were onboard the ATR 72-600 plane that crashed into the Keelung River on the outskirts of Taipei shortly after taking off from nearby Songshan Airport. Forty people have been confirmed dead including 26 Chinese tourists, and 15 others were injured. Three passengers -- one Taiwanese and two Chinese -- were still unaccounted for on Wednesday at noon, a full week after the tragedy. TransAsia has promised that search and rescue operations will continue. The Taipei crash was the second fatal accident for the Taipei-based airline in seven months. One of its ATR 72-500 planes crashed when trying to land at Magong Airport on the outlying island county of Penghu on July 23 last year amid bad weather, killing 49 of the 58 people on board. Families of the deceased received payouts of NT$14.9 million after that accident. (By Angela Tsai and Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-20 23:35 GMT+08:00