Malaysia on Thursday officially declared the disappearance last year of Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for Malaysia Airlines to pay compensation to victims’ relatives.
“We officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident … and that all 239 of the passengers and crew onboard MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives,” Reuters quoted Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation, as saying in a statement.
The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on March 8 last year, carrying 239 passengers and crew shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. It was headed for Beijing, and most of the passengers were Chinese nationals.
Months of searches have failed to turn up any trace of the aircraft.
Thursday’s announcement will pave way for compensation payments to the next-of-kin of the victims, Azharuddin said, adding that Malaysia Airlines is ready to proceed immediately with the process.
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