Malaysia Airlines has advised relatives of passengers on missing flight MH370 to go home as the search for the plane would be a prolonged process, China Daily reported Friday.
The airline promised to provide them with updates “within the comfort of their own homes, with the support and care of their families and friends”, the newspaper quoted the company as saying in an online statement. The plane has been missing for 55 days.
The relatives have been receiving updates in hotels since the plane disappeared, but the company said it would close all of the family assistance centers by May 7, the report said.
It promised to make “advance compensation payments” to the relatives as soon as possible, which will be calculated as part of any final compensation, it said.
There was still no trace of the Boeing 777-200ER, with 239 passengers and crew on board, after it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.
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