Family members of victims onboard the crashed TransAsia Airways flight GE235 have rejected the compensation offer of 14.9 million NTD (473,000 USD).
Families met with the airline on Wednesday to discuss the compensation. According to Liu Zhongji, a representative of TransAsia Airways:
We offered 13.5 million New Taiwan dollars to each victim’s family. There is also another 1.2 million New Taiwan dollars being offered as a funeral allowance, on top of an additional 200-thousand New Taiwan dollar condolence payment. All together, the compensation we’ve offered is 14.9 million New Taiwan dollars. This is around 3 million yuan.
Xinhua reports that the proposal was “immediately rejected”.
The compensation is equal to the amount that was offered to families of victims onboard TransAsia flight GE222, which crashed during bad weather on its way to Penghu Island last July, killing all 48 people onboard.
After GE235 crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei on February 4, authorities reportedly demanded that 71 TransAsia pilots qualified to fly ATR 72-type airplanes take proficiency tests. According to AFP, 10 pilots who failed, along with 19 others who refused to take the exam, have been temporarily banned from flying.
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