MH370 widow Danica Weeks turns down $64k compo
THE widow of Kiwi MH370 victim Paul Weeks has rejected a compensation offer of $64,000 from Malaysia Airlines.
And a victims' group that she helped establish says no amount of money will ever compensate the MH370 families for the loss of their loved ones.
Christchurch-born Mr Weeks was one of 238 passengers and crew presumed dead after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished between Beijing and Malaysia on March 8.
Despite exhaustive searches, there has been no trace of the missing Boeing 777.
Danica Weeks, now raising two preschoolers on her own in Perth where she and her husband had relocated to, has revealed she was offered compensation of US$50,000 ($64,000) by the airline.
She told Perth Now that the money was offered on the condition that she complete a detailed questionnaire.
After taking legal advice, she decided to reject the offer at this stage. Voice370, the group Mrs Weeks helped set up for the families of the missing, slammed the offer.
"We are left asking 'is any life worth so little?'" the group said. "No sum of money, no matter how great, can compensate the families for our losses. No amount of money can ever take the pain away. True justice cannot be measured by money.
"Malaysia Airlines cannot undo this tragedy. However, a fair and adequate compensation for all would reflect the magnitude of the effect this tragedy has had on our lives and should be commensurate to this being the worst air tragedy the industry has ever seen." The group said finding out what happened to MH370 and why was more important than compensation.
Last week Emirates chief executive Tim Clark questioned the official conclusion that MH370 flew over the Indian Ocean off Western Australia and ran out of fuel.
He believes it is more likely "MH370 was under control, probably until the very end" and he doubted the veracity of the "so-called electronic satellite handshake" used to pinpoint the crash area.
Mrs Weeks welcomed his comments.
"I'm glad he's come out and spoken because we need someone who is in the know to come out and say, 'We just don't understand how this plane could go missing'."