Lost MH370 officially declared an “accident”

Announcement clears way for compensation payments

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has officially been declared an accident 10 months after the plane mysteriously vanished. The announcement clears the way for compensation to be paid by the airline to the victims’ relatives – while the search for the plane continues and remains a “priority”.

No trace of the Boeing 777, which disappeared on March 8 last year as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, has been found despite extensive searches in the southern Indian Ocean.

“We officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident and that all 239 of the passengers and crew onboard are presumed to have lost their lives,” Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation, said in a statement.

Most of the plane’s passengers were from China, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged Malaysia to settle claims with the families.

TTG Digital / Reuters