Asiana Airlines Inc., the South Korean carrier whose aircraft crashed in San Francisco last month, will pay an initial compensation of $10,000 each to the survivors of the jet crash that killed three people and injured dozens.
The South Korean airline recently started offering the cash to help the 288 surviving passengers with their urgent medical expenses and other needs before final compensation amounts are decided later, a spokesperson for Asiana told AFP.
“This is a minimum payment we are offering for all passengers, regardless of whether they were injured or not,” she said, adding that the amount will be deducted from the total compensation once it is decided.
Passengers who suffered only minor injuries and whose ultimate compensation may amount to less than $10,000 will still be allowed to keep the rest of the money, she added.
The spokesperson clarified, though, that the latest offer is not a settlement, and will not affect ongoing or future lawsuits filed or will be filed by survivors.
The incident is still under investigation by US aviation authorities. Several passengers have already filed lawsuits against Boeing, which made the aircraft, and Asiana.