ADDIS ABABA (Halbeeg News)-Ethiopian Airlines authorities are expected to give families of the victims of the Ethiopian plane crash payout.
According to sources to privy to negotiation between the company and the families, the families could receive between $170,000 and 250,000 for each person lost, Kenya based newspaper, Daily Nation which interviewed some members of bereaved families, reported that.
Lucas Nzioka, who lost a nephew said that Ethiopian officials told family members during a closed-door session that the Montreal Convention will guide compensation.
“We were told it could be between $170,000 and $250,000 depending on age, profession and so on. It should be done within 18 months,” Nzioka said.
The authorities of Ethiopian Airlines has yet officially commented on the payout.
The Montreal Convention which set international compensation standard articulates compensation arises only if a passenger’s injury or death is caused by an unexpected or unusual event or happening that is external to the passenger.
The first provides for a minimum compensation that every passenger must be compensated as long as they were injured or died while on the plane.
Currently, this amount is at about $170,000 per passenger.
The Ethiopian flight ET 302 crashed last Sunday killing all the 157 passengers and crew on board.