Malaysia Airlines [MAS] has settled four lawsuits with the next-of-kin of some the passengers aboard flight MH370, which disappeared without a trace on March 8, 2014, with 239 people aboard.
Lawyer Americk Sidhu spoke to MH370Latest by email and revealed that the airline had settled on March 20 with five clients he was representing. Damages “will be paid to each plaintiff in each suit filed,” he said.
“As infants were involved, we had to make separate applications to Court for approval and distribution of the settlement sums between the Plaintiffs,” he added. The suits have since been withdrawn and the next step is “for the families to receive the money.”
Sidhu acts as a solicitor in Kuala Lumpur, MH370’s origin, on behalf of Australian-based law firm Maurice Blackburn.
The deadline to file any court action against MAS passed on the second anniversary of the disappearance, according to the Montreal Convention which states that any claims against an airline for damages must be made within two years of the incident.
Numerous lawsuits were filed in February 2016 against MAS, including some by family members who sought damages for the loss of their loved ones and for losing track of the plane itself.
MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, during a routine flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing with 239 people on board. There were no distress calls from the flight crew and despite discovering over twenty pieces of debris, investigators are no closer to solving the mystery.
Key facts about flight MH370:
|Equipment||Boeing 777-200ER, first launched in 1991 by British Airways. Registered as 9M-MRO, first flight May 14, 2002.|
|Crew on board||12|
|Passengers on board||227|
|Takeoff from KLIA||16:42 UTC|
|Last voice contact||17:19 UTC|
|Flight disappears from radar||17:21 UTC|
|Possible theories||Cockpit intrusion, suicide, accident, mechanical fault|
|Debris||Over 20 pieces discovered, primarily off the coast of Africa.|