American victims of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash and victims from other countries could potentially face vastly different compensation payouts -- even if they were sitting right next to each other, according to a new report by the Associated Press. The crash landing of the Boeing 777 at San Francisco airport on July 6 left three girls from China dead and another 182 people injured.
The Montreal Convention, an international treaty that governs compensation to passengers injured in international air travel incidents, stipulates that foreigners who were on the flight will have to file their claims outside of the US. Those victims will have to turn to countries where lawsuits like these are not only rarer, but much more difficult to win.
Frank Pitre, a Northern California attorney who is representing two Americans who were aboard the flight, told the AP, "If you are a US citizen, there will be no problem getting into US courts. The other people are going to have a fight on their hands."
The treaty offers five options to passengers for where they choose to seek compensation, and those who were traveling beyond San Francisco will face a bigger challenge. For the full story, click here.
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