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SilkAir To Pay Victims’ Families

November 17, 1999

SINGAPORE (AP) _ SilkAir, a subsidiary of national Singapore Airlines, said Tuesday it agreed to pay $195,000 to each of 20 families of victims of a mysterious 1997 crash.

SilkAir general manager Mak Swee Wah said the 20 families had either accepted or indicated that they would accept the offer.

The regional airline earlier agreed to settle with 26 other families, who accepted Singapore $144,000 per victim.

All 104 people aboard Singapore-Jakarta Flight MI185 died when it went down in Palembang, Indonesia on Dec. 19, 1997.

A preliminary report released earlier this year reinforced speculation that the Boeing 737 may have been deliberately crashed.

Singapore police are investigating the downing as a possible murder-suicide.

The main pilot, Tsu Way Ming, was having financial difficulties and had been demoted and disciplined in the months before the crash.

Indonesian investigators said Monday they would present a final report next year.

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