Thursday, December 27, 2012

Air Bagan takes ‘full responsibility’ for fatal crash

Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:23 Yadanar Oo

Air Bagan held a press conference at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Rangoon on Wednesday afternoon to address the crash-landing of Flight XY-AGC at Heho Airport in southern Shan State the day before when two people were killed and 11 hospitalized.

Air Bagan’s Managing Director Htoo Thet Htwe speaks at a press conference in Rangoon on Wednesday to address the passenger plane crash at Heho Airport in Shan State which killed two persons on December 25. Air Bagan said it will give each of the foreign passengers US $2,000 and each of the Burmese passengers 300,000 kyat ($350) to spend (not as compensation). Air Bagan did not address the matter of compensation for the two killed in the crash-landing. (PHOTO: Bo Bo / Mizzima)

The airline said that it would give each of the 48 foreign passengers US $2,000 and each of the surviving 16 Burmese passengers 300,000 kyat ($350)—but stressed that this was not an offer of compensation.

There were 65 passengers on the 22-year-old Fokker F-100 when it attempted an emergency landing some distance short of the Heho Airport runway on Christmas morning. A Burmese tour guide named as Nwe Lin Shein was killed inside the plane while a passing motorcyclist was killed on the ground when the aircraft landed.

Air Bagan said that it would take full responsibility for the funerals of those who died, but did not address the matter of compensation for the diseased. It is learnt that the Myanma Insurance Company is still investigating and calculating compensation payments.

Representatives from international insurance companies have also arrived at the site to investigate.

The plane’s black box has been retrieved and sent to Singapore for examination.

Air Bagan’s Managing Director Htoo Thet Htwe, Technical Director Hlaing Bwar, Assistant Managing Director Aung San, Director Captain Soe Win and air hostess Khine Su Hlaing spoke at the press conference.
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