Asiana representatives apologize to parents of Zhejiang students

Representatives from Asiana Airlines bow to the parents of students from Jiangshan High School in East China's Zhejiang Province on Wednesday night. Some 35 students from the school were onboard Asiana Flight 214 when the plane crashed in San Francisco on July 6. Three students died and one was severely injured. Photo: CFP

Representatives of Asiana Airlines Wednesday traveled to East China's Zhejiang Province to apologize to the parents of the students who were on Flight 214. 

They guaranteed that the Chinese victims will receive the same compensation as victims from other countries. 

Some 14 representatives from Asiana Airlines and LIG, a South Korean insurance company, met the parents at 7 pm Wednesday night in a conference room in Jiangshan High School in Jiangshan, Zhejiang Province. 

A senior executive from Asiana Airlines restated during the meeting that the compensation details will not be disclosed, but said they will come up with an overall compensation plan as soon as possible. 

The Jiangshan government and Asiana Airlines organized thorough physical examinations for the survivors Tuesday. 

Three attorneys employed by Jiangshan government pointed out that Chinese passengers should have the same maximum levels of compensation, including for psychological damages, under the terms of international aviation law, the Montreal Convention, which determines airlines' liability.

In addition, passengers can decide to also sue the airline later, and compensation will vary according to which country the suit is filed in. 

"The legal team has not decided in which country to sue. However, the victims will very likely receive compensation 10 times higher if they sue in the US and three times higher if they sue in South Korea," Zhang Qihuai, chief attorney of the Lanpeng law firm, who is leading the legal advisory team, told the Global Times.  

"We understand the feeling of victims' parents and we are working on the compensation. However it is a complicated process which involves multiple parties. It's going to take time and the public needs to be prepared," Sun Ying, the director of public relations for Asiana Airlines in China, told the Global Times.



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