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Asiana Airlines to pay $10,000 to San Francisco crash survivors

Families of the three deceased passengers reportedly received more money from the airline

In the wake of last month’s Asiana Airlines crash, the company has announced plans to pay $10,000 to survivors of the accident.

The airline said that it will offer the cash to all 288 passengers who lived through the crash, and that the survivors could get more money following a U.S. government inquiry into the disaster. Families of the three people killed in the crash received more money in initial compensation, airline spokesperson Lee Hyo Min told Bloomberg.

The surviving passengers “need money to go to hospital or for transportation so we are giving them the $10,000 first,” Lee said. “Even if they are not hurt or they don’t go to hospital, we will still give them this money.”

On July 6, one of the carrier’s Boeing 777s crashed short of a runway at San Francisco International Airport and subsequently slid across the runway. Two people died of crash-related injuries, while another was reportedly killed after being run over by an emergency vehicle.

Asiana may take a charge of $18 million or more as a result of the crash, but that amount doesn’t include a likely drop in passenger numbers or possible lawsuits resulting from the incident, according to Bloomberg. Surviving passengers who accept the $10,000 will still be able to sue the airline, although the airline is requesting a receipt to make note of the payment.

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