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TransAsia Airways offers NT$14.9 mil. to families of those killed in Penghu

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- TransAsia Airways (TAA, 復興航空) yesterday held a conference and proposed paying up to NT$14.9 million in compensation to families for each person killed in the GE-222 plane crash, which is the highest compensation offered in Taiwan's aviation history.

Fifty-three families of Flight GE-222 victims took part in the conference held by TAA in Magong, Penghu yesterday. The conference was co-directed by TransAsia Airways General Manager Chooi Yee-choong and Chairman of SIGMU Group, the parent company of TAA, Lin Shiaw-shinn. The meeting began with a silent tribute attended by officials from a range of organizations as well as family members; the press was not allowed to enter.

The accident took place on Jul. 23, causing 48 deaths; another 10 were injured on the plane and five more injured on the ground after the plane crashed into two houses near Magong airport. Two French medical students were among the dead. Police suspected that the crash occurred as a result of Typhoon Matmo causing the aircraft to land badly.

TAA said that although the accident is still under investigation, the company will take responsibility for compensation claims before the investigation has been completed.

"We sincerely apologize and hope that we can help the families as much as we can," said Chooi.

In a show of sincerity, TAA consulted both domestic and international standards and decided to offer NT$14.9 million as compensation for each person killed, including a payment of NT$200,000, which has already been paid, and NT$1.2 million which will be paid as a funeral subsidy. The compensation is also in recognition of mental distress and financial losses.

Responding to the offer, families of the victims said that they may need to deliberate further in order to decide whether they are going to accept the offer or not.

An amount of NT$14.9 million for each person killed would be the highest compensation payment in Taiwan's aviation history, being higher than the NT$14.2 million offered by China Airlines following another incident that also happened in Penghu in 2002.

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