Insurance payouts for some MH370 families

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IOL pic mar25 malaysia plane families march Reuters A relative of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cries as he shouts slogans during a protest march in front of the Malaysian embassy in Beijing, China, on March 25, 2014. Picture: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Beijing - Chinese insurance companies have started paying compensation to the families of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane presumed crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, the state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday.

The families of seven passengers received 4.17 million yuan (about $670 000) compensation on Tuesday, China Life, the country's largest insurance company, was quoted by Xinhua as saying. China Life said it has 32 clients on board the flight and estimated its total compensation at around 9 million yuan.

“China Life is deeply grieved at the news and will ensure compensation and all other related services are fully implemented,” Xinhua quoted an unnamed company spokesman as saying.

Shanghai-based China Pacific Insurance Company Ltd said it had offered its first compensation payment of 525 000 yuan ($84 000) as of Wednesday, Xinhua said.

Sunshine Insurance said it has compensated 500 000 yuan for a family of three, while New China Life Insurance Company Ltd estimated its compensation would reach 1 million yuan for its nine clients on board the flight.

The companies could not be immediately reached for comment.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is thought to have crashed on March 8 with the loss of all 239 people aboard after flying thousands of kilometres off course. More than 150 of the passengers were Chinese. - Reuters

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