Malaysia Flight MH370 Families Get $50,000 Payments

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June 13 2014 12:44 PM

Malaysia Flight MH370 Families Get $50,000 Payments

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Relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

As of now, six Malaysian families and one Chinese family have been compensated. Under International Civil Aviation Organization rules, relatives of all 239 missing passengers are entitled to as much as $175,000 each.

Flight MH370 vanished three months ago while bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Earlier this month, some relatives of the missing passengers came together to initiate a $5 million reward fund in order to encourage anyone with information on the plane’s disappearance to come forward.

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According to Malaysian deputy foreign minister Hamzah Zainudin, full payments will be made only when the plane is officially declared lost.

Irene Chidinma Nwoye is a writer and former Slate intern in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.

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