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MH17 compensation may cost Malaysian Airlines $1 bn

Airlines may find it difficult to prove that it took all necessary steps to avoid the accident

ANI  |  Johannesburg 

A top aviation lawyer has reportedly said that may be liable to pay compensation up to one billion dollars over the disaster.

According to, the victims' families have strong legal grounds on which they can seek damages, said aviation accident attorney Floyd Wisner.

The lawyer said that would find it difficult to deny its negligence over unless it proves that it took all necessary steps to avoid the accident, which would be difficult because the aircraft was flying over a dangerous area held by rebels in conflict-torn

The report quoted Wisner as saying that each victim's family is likely to receive 750,000 dollars approximately and if combined with the loss of the plane, the liability could reach one billion dollars.

The crash claimed the lives of all 298 people on board and was the second accident within a year for the airline. Earlier, flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board and has not been located yet.

First Published: Fri, July 25 2014. 13:41 IST