Aug 12, 2013

    Asiana offers $12,600 to plane-crash survivors

    ASIANA Airlines said yesterday that it was offering an initial compensation payment worth US$10,000 (S$12,600) to all surviving passengers on board a plane that crashed in San Francisco last month, killing three people.

    The South Korean airline started offering the cash to help the 288 surviving passengers meet urgent medical expenses before final compensation amounts are decided later, a spokesman said.

    "This is a minimum payment we are offering to all passengers, regardless of whether they were injured," she said, adding that the amount will be deducted from the total compensation once it is decided.

    Those whose ultimate compensation may come to less than US$10,000 will be allowed to keep the rest of the money, she added.