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Tragic Flight MH17 Disaster Kills an Entire Family of Six
Flight Delay Compensation - European Flight Delay Compensation
A complete family of six was killed in the accident, the Malaysian family were returning home after 3 years living abroad. A grandfather travelling with his three grandchildren were four of the Australian passengers that lost their lives. Also a Malaysia Airlines steward Sanjid Singh swapped shifts to work on the ill-fated flight MH17. It was a twist of fate as 131 previously his wife (also a stewardess) had also swapped shifts but it meant she was not working on flight MH370 which vanished while on route to Beijing. Six AIDS researchers, activists and scientists also died as they were travelling to an international conference in Melbourne.
The likelihood of this kind of tragedy happening again is next to nothing. We have to presume that this was a freak accident and that no other passenger planes will be shot out of the sky by rebels. Security measures have been raised and now airlines are taking caution when flying through or close to conflict zones. However, what you are more likely to be subject to when travelling abroad is flight delays and disruptions. According to EC Regulation 261/2004, a passenger is entitled to claim compensation if an airline caused them to be delayed 3 hours or more. Passengers can receive 250, 300, 400 or the maximum 600 Euros worth of delayed flight compensation (based on the circumstances of the flight and flight delay). The compensation is fixed and is carefully calculated following the flight delay compensation guidelines outlined in EC Regulation 261/2004.The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show that on average 220 million people use UK airports each year. An average of 1.5% of flights to/from UK airports are delayed by more than 3 hours or cancelled each year which means that approximately 3.3 million passengers could claim flight delay compensation each year.
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