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TransAsia Airways offers compensation to families of crash victims
Publication Date : 26-08-2014
TransAsia Airways (TAA) yesterday proposed paying up to NT$14.9 million (US$497,000) in compensation for each person killed in the GE-222 plane crash, which is the highest compensation offered in Taiwan's aviation history.
Fifty-three families of Flight GE-222 victims took part in the conference held by TAA in Magong, Penghu yesterday. The conference was co-directed by TransAsia Airways General Manager Chooi Yee-choong and Chairman of SIGMU Group, the parent company of TAA, Lin Shiaw-shinn.
The meeting began with a silent tribute attended by officials from a range of organisations as well as family members; the press was not allowed to enter.
The accident took place on Jul. 23, causing 48 deaths; another 10 were injured on the plane and five more injured on the ground after the plane crashed into two houses near Magong airport. Two French medical students were among the dead. Police suspected that the crash occurred as a result of Typhoon Matmo causing the aircraft to land badly.
TAA said that although the accident was still under investigation, the company would take responsibility for compensation claims before the investigation was completed.
"We sincerely apologise and hope that we can help the families as much as we can," said Chooi.
In a show of sincerity, TAA consulted both domestic and international standards and decided to offer NT$14.9 million as compensation for each person killed, including a payment of NT$200,000, which has already been paid, and NT$1.2 million which will be paid as a funeral subsidy.
Responding to the offer, families of the victims said that they might need to deliberate further before deciding whether to accept the offer or not.
An amount of NT$14.9 million for each person killed would be the highest compensation payment in Taiwan's aviation history, being higher than the NT$14.2 million offered by China Airlines in relation to an incident that also happened in Penghu in 2002.