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A Beijing court began compensation hearings on Monday for the Chinese families of passengers aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The flight, carrying over 150 Chinese passengers, mysteriously disappeared in 2014.
The Plaintiffs seek compensation from Malaysia Airlines, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, and Allianz Insurance Group, with compensation demands varying from 10 million to 80 million yuan ($1.4 million to $11.2 million) each.
Jiang Hui, a spokesperson for the families, expressed their resolve, saying, “Malaysia Airlines left them with no choice but to go to court to seek answers.” The plaintiffs’ frustration was evident as they held up signs outside the court saying “resume the search” and “re-establish an international investigation team.”
One of the relatives, Bao Lanfang, who lost her son and daughter-in-law on the flight, shared her anguish, “My mother died last year and she brought up my son. Until the very end, I hid from her what really happened to him.” The case highlights the ongoing struggle for closure and answers years after the tragedy, with families urging for resumed search efforts and direct communication from the involved parties.