Malaysia Airlines has offered $5,000 per passenger as financial assistance to grieving relatives of victims of Flight MH370.
Now when has been confirmed the plane went down in the Indian Ocean and all of those onboard presumed dead, Malaysia Airlines has today offered financial assistance.
Initially, the airline offered families $5,000 per passenger, but then added that additional compensation will also be handed out.
Despite this, however, many families are expected to launch legal action against the airline which could see them pay out millions of dollars per passenger.
According to a lawyer, families of those who died onboard the doomed flight cold get up to $3 million in damages. With people of 14 different nationalities onboard the flight when it ditched in the Indian Ocean, any potential lawsuits will take place across a range of countries.
The anger felt by many of the family members was expressed last night when they issued a strongly-worded statement criticising the Malaysian authorities.
It read: "During the past 18 days since March 8, when Malaysia Airlines announced that it had lost contact with MH370, Malaysia Airlines, the government of Malaysia, and the military forces of Malaysia have concealed, delayed and hidden the truth from the relatives and the people of the world.
"This despicable act aimed to fool the relatives of the 154 Chinese passengers has devastated us physically and mentally, while misleading and delaying the rescue operation, wasting a lot of manpower, material resources and leading to the loss of precious rescue time.
"If the 154 of our loved ones have lost their lives, then Malaysia Airlines, the government of Malaysia and the military are really the executors."
Investigators are still searching for any debris from wreckage and, crucially, the black box.