Beijing court due to begin compensation hearings for MH370 victims


Jiang Hui (centre) whose mother was on the missing MH370, speaks to journalists in Beijing on Nov. 27, 2023. - AP

BEIJING: A Beijing court was on Monday (Nov 27) due to begin compensation hearings for the families of Chinese victims who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared nearly 10 years ago.

The jet vanished on March 8, 2014, carrying 239 people -- mostly from China -- en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Hardly any trace of the plane was found in a 120,000-sq km (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led operation, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017.

Some pieces of debris have been picked up across the Indian Ocean.

Jiang Hui, whose mother was on flight MH370, wrote on social media this month the court hearings would begin Monday at Beijing's People's Court in Chaoyang district and continue until mid-December.

Beijing's state-run China Daily has also reported the hearings, citing Jiang. The hearing was not listed on the court's public website.

Families of the victims, as well as media, gathered outside the court on Monday morning, AFP reporters saw.

A US exploration firm launched a private hunt for MH370 in 2018, but it ended after several months of scouring the seabed without success.

The cause of the plane's disappearance still remains unknown. - Agencies

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