China: Court to hear from families of MH370 missing

For the first time since the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Boeing MH370 nearly a decade ago, a court will hear from victims' families on Monday (November 27th) in Beijing. The hearings are scheduled to last until Dec. 6.

A young girl stands in front of a board of condolence messages for flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2019. AP - Vincent Thian

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With our correspondent in China, Stéphane Lagarde

Some 239 people went missing with the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 on March 8, 2014. More than 150 passengers on board were Chinese nationals.

For ten days, the Chaoyang People's Court in Beijing will study the files of some 40 members of the victims' families. Separate hearings to try to obtain the resumption of psychological assistance to the relatives of the disappeared, the reformation of a liaison agency between the company and the families, and above all compensation.

Absent from the dock, but targeted by the complaint: the Malaysian airline, the American manufacturer Boeing, the British Rolls-Royce for the engines and the German insurer Allianz.

Knowing that for ten years, the fate of the aircraft and the passengers has remained a mystery, responsibility is difficult to establish. Malaysian Airlines has no assets in China. Even if the court determines that compensation must be paid, the company will be able to refuse.

For the past nine years, justice has fostered reconciliation between the parties, one of the lawyers said. More than half of the cases were settled directly between the airline, insurance companies and families.

Read alsoWhat leads are left for the families of flight MH370? (2022)

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