Taipei (AFP) – Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways announced Wednesday that it would pay nearly half a million dollars in compensation to relatives of each of the victims of a dramatic plane crash earlier this month.
The offer of Tw$14.9 million ($470,000) for each family comes seven months after the airline made a similar payout to the families of 48 passengers killed in another crash last July.
TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 crashed Wednesday last week shortly after take-off from Songshan airport in Taipei with 53 passengers and five crew on board, killing at least 42.
Amateur dramatic dash cam images showed the ill-fated plane hitting an elevated road as it banked steeply away from buildings before crashing into the Keeling River.
One person remains missing after two more bodies were retrieved from the freezing waters on Wednesday.
“We offered an amount of Tw$14.9 million ($470,000) as compensation for each person who died in the accident. We hope to reach a settlement with the families,” a TransAsia spokeswoman told AFP.
The compensation deal is the result of closed-door discussions held in Taipei Wednesday with representatives from some of the families.