MAS reach settlement with Australian family over MH17 crash

Beatrice Nita Jay

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has reached a settlement with the Australian family who lost four family members on board MH17 that was shot down in Ukraine.

Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris from Perth, lost their children, Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis, eight, along with their grandfather, Nick Norris, who was travelling with them, when the plane from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down on July 17, three years ago.

They will be the first Australian family to reach a settlement with MAS after the family filed a lawsuit against the airline.

MAS confirmed that it has reached an amicable and confidential settlement with the Maslin family.

“MAS will not however disclose any further details on this suit or about the details of the settlement in respect to the privacy of the family. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends affected,” it said in a statement today.

MH17 was shot down while cruising at an altitude of 30,000 feet and crashed in a tense area of Ukraine, near the Russian border.

The Boeing B777 aircraft was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and carrying 298 passengers and crew.

It was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all on board, including 44 Malaysians and 38 Australians citizens or residents.

Dutch Safety Board chairman Tjibbe Joustra confirmed in 2015 that MH17 was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine.

The report came out after 15 months of investigation undertaken by a joint investigation team from the Netherlands, Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom, US and Russia.