MH17 next of kin to receive advance; more victims identified
The next of kin of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine will receive a USD 50,000 (EUR 37,000) advance on the eventual compensation, the company said on Friday.
The USD 50,000 advance is separate from the USD 5,000 the next of kin have already received.
That amount was a goodwill payment to cover any initial costs.
The final amount of compensation is likely to take a long while to calculate, lawyer Jan van Zuuren said on behalf of Malaysia Airlines.
This is why the company is making the advance.
Next of kin have been informed.
Also on Friday it was announced that 21 more victims have been identified, bringing the total to 23.
Some 16 of the 21 were Dutch nationals.
Of the others, two came from Malaysia, and one each from Germany, Canada and the UK.