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Airline 'settles with MH17 victims'

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/07/2016

Malaysia Airlines has struck a deal to settle damages claims for most victims of its MH17 flight that was shot down over eastern Ukraine two years ago, Dutch national broadcaster NOS has reported.

NOS cited Veeru Mewa, a lawyer representing Dutch victims.

Under the Montreal Convention, airlines must pay damages of up to about euros130,000 ($NZ201,566) to victims' families, regardless of the circumstances of a crash.

MH17 was shot down over territory held by pro-Russia separatists, killing all 298 passengers and crew.

Two New Zealanders, 65-year-old Mary Menke and British-born 29-year-old Otaki resident Rob Ayley were among the dead. Most of the passengers were Dutch.

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