Thai govt tells Orient Thai to compensate all crash victims

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Bangkok, Sep 17 (UNI) Thai government today said the The Orient Thai Airlines was completely responsible for compensating all victims of its Flight OG269 which crashed in Phuket yesterday.

Media reports have quoted Orient Thai as saying that it carried no insurance on the flight that crash landed yesterday killing 90 passengers. But the airlines promised to compensate Thai victims and their families, Bangkok Post reported.

Radio Thailand quoted the Director General of the Department of Insurance, Chanthra Booranarik, as saying that Orient Thai Airlines, parent company of One-Two-Go Airlines, is responsible for paying medical expenses and compensation to all victims of the crashed flight.

Ms Chanthra affirmed her agency will coordinate in expediting aid to crash victims.

She said Global civil aviation protocol clearly dictates that airlines must properly insure their aircrafts and passengers onboard.

Orient Thai Airlines is reported to have leased Flight OG 269 from a foreign company, and has procured full insurance for the plane and its passengers, therefore the airline was capable of reimbursing air crash victims for medical treatment and other expenses.

Mrs Chanthra added that if passengers involved in the air crash feel that they are being treated unjustly, they can contact the Department of Insurance at 1186.

Orient Thai Airlines CEO Udom Tantiprasongchai has also promised to compensate the victims and injured.

UNI

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