- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 11, 2013

Asiana Airlines — the South Korean carrier that crashed at San Francisco International Airport last month, killing three people — plans to pay an initial compensation of $10,000 each to survivors.

Asiana may pay more after the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation into the crash, an Asiana spokeswoman said Saturday, Bloomberg reported.

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

She added that passengers can sue the carrier even after accepting the compensation.

On July 6, the Asiana Boeing Co. 777 struck a seawall short of a runway, sending the plane spinning off the tarmac, Bloomberg reported. More than 300 survived the crash.

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