I wouldnt touch that money, that is just a way for them to buy you out. Never let them do that, Your right to file against the airways is worth more than $5000. No money is worth you signing your rights or relatives rights away.
On Tuesday, the families presented Malaysia Airlines with a list of demands for clarification about the support and assistance it is offering them, including a $5,000 (£3,000) "consolation" fee to cover immediate expenses.
After the meeting, relatives told me that they had been given a guarantee that there were no strings attached to this offer, and that it would not be deducted from any final compensation. And they were told that they would be given regular updates, three times a day.
Thanks for the link. A lot of that makes sense, but I'm surprised by article 20.2:
Google the "Warsaw Convention". It's policies are still in effect.
Since the pilot normally works for the carrier and the carriers have training programs for their pilots, I'm a bit surprised to see that "the carrier is not liable if he proves that the damage was occasioned by negligent pilotage". It almost reads as if the pilot is not assumed to be an employee of the airline.
1. The carrier is not liable if he proves that he and his agents have taken all necessary measures to avoid the damage or that it was impossible for him or them to take such measures.
2. In the carriage of goods and luggage the carrier is not liable if he proves that the damage was occasioned by negligent pilotage or negligence in the handling of the aircraft or in navigation and that, in all other respects, he and his agents have taken all necessary measures to avoid the damage.
Malaysia Airlines has already provided initial financial assistance of USD 5,000 per passenger to the next of kin. We recognize that financial support is not the only consideration. But the prolonged search is naturally placing financial strain on the relatives. We are therefore preparing to offer additional payments as the search continues.
Well, to be fair, with 7 billion of us around, an individual really isn't worth a lot these days.
Boeing said it would be inappropriate for them to comment about whether this issue was dealt with or not:
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I guess blaming the pilot would get them off the hook on a big payout
Isn't right though, because it's like saying we don't care about our pilots.
I haven't heard anything being released about the mechanical background of this plane. Were there any issues not dealt with?
Personally I'm trying to keep an open mind with no bias for or against the pilot, so I'm not saying it couldn't have been the pilot...it's possible.
The Federal Aviation Authority in Washington and the European Aviation Safety Agency issued directives to airlines under their control.
It required the oxygen hoses on the bulk of the 777 fleet to be replaced with an alternative which did not conduct electricity.
The FAA estimated carrying out the work would cost $2,596 (£1,573) per aircraft.
It is unclear whether similar instructions were issued by regulators in Malaysia.
Boeing said it would be inappropriate to discuss what modifications were made to the global 777 fleet or what advice it sent to airlines in the aftermath of the Cairo fire.
There is growing belief that an on-board fire could explain what happened to the plane, rather than an act of terrorism.
“We believe that in due course, the crew will be regarded as heroes rather than villains, and we sincerely hope the Black Boxes will contain the data to back that up, and to prevent further needless loss of life,” Mr Healy-Pratt added.