Death and injury compensations to passengers and crew as a result of flying are things that most airlines do not want to talk about.
However if the above happened,it would be too late for the passengers. Safety is of outmost importance when choosing an airline to fly with. A list of airlines with poor safety records are published by the EU and banned from flying to their airports.
"The European Union on Wednesday banned 92 airlines, most of them based in Africa, from landing at European airports due to failures in meeting international safety standards...." reported by Associated Press
Another factor to consider when flying is the compensation for death and injuries.
The 1929 Warsaw Convention stipulated the compensation of maximum US$10,000 per death.However,recently it has been raised to US$75,000.
For the crew it is even less for some airlines. SIA in its agreement with its union,would pay up to US$50,000 (S$75,000) per cabin crew.
In the SQ 006 crashed in Taipei,SIA generously offered the families of the crew who died,US$400,000 each on top of the US$25,000 immediate payment for misc. expenses.
The families of the deceased crew refused the above compensation and sued SIA.
The cases were eventually settled out of court and one can only imagine how much the families were paid...S$ 1 millions buck each?
My bet is the cheapo airlines would not even compensate the crew's family with a fraction of SIA's payment. However, reputable airlines like BA,QF etc etc...are quite generous too.
How about the passenger's compensation? Cheapo airlines may just stick to the US$75,000 as laid down by the Warsaw Convention.
As for renown airlines like SQ, it is yours as well as my guess. There was no mention of how much the deceases' next of kin of SQ006 got when they sued SIA. If a crew next of kin was compensated around a million bucks,then it is logical to conclude the passenger's family would probably be paid more.(passengers families were also offered US400,000 initially)
Do you still want to fly cheapskate airlines like the one I mentioned yesterday which unscrupulously exploited and made used of its employment candidates to save a few miserable dollars?
Airline's Disaster Response Lauded...referring to SQ's response to the aftermath of the SQ006 crash by Dr. Carolyn Coarsey-Rader, president of Atlanta, Ga.-based Higher Resources, Inc. Her company specializes in disaster preparedness for the airline industry.