Malaysia Airlines settles damages with MH17 crash relatives

Malaysia Airlines settles damages with MH17 crash relatives

Malaysia Airlines is reported to have settled damages with the relatives of most victims of the MH17 crash.

Flight MH17 was shot down two years ago over territory held by pro-Russian separatists, killing all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch.

Dutch media say there are no further details because both parties have agreed to secrecy.

A memorial service was held for the victims on Sunday near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

Under the Montreal Convention, which regulates air travel, airlines must pay damages of up to about $145,000 to victims' families, regardless of the circumstances of a crash.

Exactly how much each individual is awarded depends on the circumstances, the BBC reported.

Sunday's anniversary was also the deadline for submitting damages claims.

Separately, the airline cut up to 30% off flights from London to destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand via Kuala Lumpur for bookings made by July 31.

The revised lead-in to the Malaysian capital is £499 return for travel until March 31, 2017, including the Christmas and new year holiday period.

The price for Sydney and Melbourne is £669 and Auckland £759, while Phuket is £499 and Bali £509. 


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