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MH17 families to get $5,000 as initial help: airline

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines said Monday it would make an initial payment of $5,000 to families of passengers aboard its crashed flight MH17 as a goodwill gesture.

The national carrier said it would provide the money to each passenger’s immediate family "as goodwill to ease... their economic needs".

"Funds have already been made available for this purpose," it said in a statement.

"This financial assistance will not be offset against the final compensation, nor affect the families’ legal rights to claim."

The airline said it was also providing families with hotel accommodation, meals and transport assistance, in addition to counselling.

AFP


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