Asiana Airlines Offers $10,000 to Passengers; Denies Responsibility for Crash

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board move towards what is left of the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft — which operated as flight 214 by Asiana Airways — after the crash at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013. Photograph courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States.

Asiana Airlines is reportedly offering $10,000.00 to each passenger who survived the crash of the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft which operated as flight 214, simultaneously denying responsibility for the crash and even going so far as to suggest that passengers contributed to their own injuries in the crash last month at San Francisco International Airport.
Passengers are eligible to receive payment of the $10,000.00 — even if they were not injured — and acceptance of the payment supposedly does not preclude them from pursuing further legal action against Asiana Airlines.
The denial of responsibility for the crash on July 6, 2013 — which ultimately resulted in the deaths of three people and injured dozens more — was filed in the District Court of the United States in San Francisco by Asiana Airlines, which is based in South Korea. Flight 214 originated at Incheon International Airport, which served the city of Seoul.
FlyerTalk members claim that representatives and executives of Asiana Airlines did not handle the aftermath of the crash in the best way possible. For example, FlyerTalk member jimmc66 posts that the $10,000.00 “is an ex-gratia payment for expenses with no admission of liability nor any requirement for the recipient to ‘sign away’ their rights. This payment should have been proffered within a day or two of the accident, as has been done by other airlines who’ve had accidents. Another gaffe by Asiana, IMHO.”
Asiana Airlines has reportedly already been paying for the medical and lodging expenses incurred by those who have been injured in the crash — but is offering the $10,000.00 to supposedly cover additional costs.
In the meantime, there are those people who are angered that Asiana Airlines purportedly blames its passengers for gross negligence — a denial of responsibility which is supposedly standard procedure.
How do you feel that Asiana Airlines has been handling the aftermath of the crash — and do you believe that $10,000.00 per passenger is enough compensation?

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