Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways has offered NT$14.9 million (US$496,000) to the families of each passenger killed in a domestic flight that crashed near Penghu island last month, although the cause of the crash is still unclear, Agence France-Presse reported.
The record compensation was offered to representatives of the 48 victims during talks at Magong on Penghu island, a picturesque island group in the Taiwan Strait, the report said. The victims’ representatives said they would consider the offer.
“As the owner of the plane, we’d like to take responsibility for the deaths and injuries… even though the responsibility for the accident has yet to be clarified,” said TransAsia Airways president Chooi Yee-chong was quoted as saying.
Flight GE222 with 54 passengers and four crew aboard crashed into houses after attempting to land amid heavy rain and thunder as Typhoon Matmo slammed Taiwan. Two French nationals were among the dead, and 10 were injured, including five people on the ground, according to the wire agency.
Relatives of victims blamed the authorities for the disaster, questioning why the plane was cleared to fly in bad weather, but Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih said aviation safety requirements had been met when the plane was cleared to fly.
Examination of the plane’s two black boxes showed that it had veered off course while descending before colliding with trees and houses, the report said.
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