Relatives of Chinese passengers decline airline cash offer

March 12, 2014 - 1:18:56 am


BEIJING: Relatives of Chinese passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight declined to accept money from the airline yesterday as distrust and frustration at the carrier mounted.

The airline said it had offered “financial assistance” of 31,000 yuan ($5,000) to the family of each missing traveller. But a relative of one of the passengers, from east China’s Shandong province, said: “We’re not really interested in the money. It is all about the people — the people on the plane. We just want them back.” 

Ignatius Ong, leader of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) response team in China, confirmed that the offer had not been taken up. Malaysia Airlines has offered to fly two relatives of each missing person to Kuala Lumpur to be closer to the search. AFP