Kin of MH370 victim refuses A$50,000 compensation

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PERTH: A mother of two in Perth, Australia, whose husband was on board Malaysia Airlines flight (MAS) MH370, has rejected a compensation offer of A$50,000 (RM141,455) from the airline company, a report in the Perthnow news portal said.

Danica, whose husband Weeks was among the 239 passengers on board the Boeing 777-200, said she had received legal advice not to accept the initial compensation offer at this stage.

Danica, who described the offer as a “catch 22” situation, said the airline had offered the money on the condition that families of missing passengers completed a detailed questionaire.

“It’s like doing something nice, but you do something for us by filling in this questionnaire and give us all your details, which I can only surmise will go to their insurance company so the insurance company knows what it is up for,” the report quoted her as saying.

Danica said she had been surviving with the help of fundraisers but would probably have to return to work soon.

She welcomed the remarks made by Emirates Airline head Sir Tim Clark, who had criticised the investigation into the plane’s disappearance thus far in an interview with Spiegel Online.

Disputing the official view by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau that flight MH370 had flown south over the Indian Ocean on autopilot for five hours until it ran out of fuel and fell out of the sky, Clark said he believed that someone took control of the plane and flew it until the very end.

Clark, who is widely acknowledged as an expert and critic of the aviation industry, said all data must be challenged and examined with full transparency.

“We are nowhere near that. There is plenty of information out there, which we need to be far more forthright, transparent and candid about.

“Every single second of that flight needs to be examined until it, theoretically, ended up in the Indian Ocean — for which they still haven’t found a trace, not even a seat cushion.”

He also questioned the electronic satellite “handshake” used by investigators to determine where the plane had apparently ended its flight. — The Malaysian Insider

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on October 13, 2014.