Taiwan refuses to share blame for SIA plane crash


TAIWAN’S Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) will be challenging moves by Singapore Airlines (SIA) to include it in the lawsuits filed by families of the dead in the SQ006 crash. 

Confirming this on Thursday, Loo Choon Chiaw of Loo and Partners said: “We will be contesting SIA’s claims for indemnities in respect of all the 26 cases involved.” 

SIA is facing more than two dozen lawsuits filed by family members of those who died in the crash on Oct 31, 2001. 

Eighty-three of the 179 passengers and crew died when the Los Angeles-bound aircraft tried to take off from a closed runway in Taipei’s Chiang Kai-shek airport. 

SIA had offered a compensation of US$400,000 (RM1.5mil) for every passenger and crew member who died and US$20,000 (RM76,000) each to the survivors. 

Some who found the offer inadequate declined it and have sued the airline. 

SIA is looking to Taiwan’s CAA to assume liability for the crash and applied to the courts in January to include it in the hearings. 

The hearings, which were meant to take place last month, were adjourned to give SIA more time to forward the documents to the CAA.  

At a pre-trial conference on Monday, the High Court set new dates for the hearings – from Sept 29 to Oct 10. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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