Compensation for AirAsia Victims’ Families

Debris of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 found at sea.

Debris of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 found at sea.
Image source: Voice of America

You’ve probably been tuning in to the news. Last December 28, 2015, AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared as it was on its way to Singapore from Surabaya in Indonesia. And there have been developments to the story as key parts of the plane—such as its tail section—have been found. The seach team also found the two black boxes which will greatly benefit the whole investigation process.

Now, all this poses a question: will the victims’ families be compensated for the loss? It’s truly tragic and devastating event for the family members of victims. Fortunately, the airline company vowed to grant families up to $100,000 compensation. Initially, it was set at around $23,000, but families refused to take it.

$100,000 is a hefty amount, and I think that’s only fair. AirAsia Indonesia set about 1.25 billion rupiahs for damages pertaining to death caused by aviation accidents—according to rules and regulations.

AirAsia’s CEO, the eccentric yet charismatic Tony Fernandes, made every effort to reach out to the families, making sure that transparency is to be practiced. However, to family members, money isn’t really an issue, as the loved ones lost is far more important than how much they would receive.

Nevertheless, the compensation to be provided should meet aviation standards and I can see that AirAsia’s doing their best in making it so.

On a legal note, according to the law, insurers are liable for paying the amount to family members for each of the passengers. Also, for those who purchased flight insurance themselves, an additional $25,000 to $60,000 would be provided.

The plane allegedly did not have the permit to fly through the route on that day, but Indonesian Aviation confirmed that the day of the flight did not have any impact on the crash and thus, families would still be able to grab the compensation they are entitled to.

So what do you think? Is it only fair that AirAsia provides money for damages to victims’ family members? Let me know your thoughts

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