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Asiana Airlines Flight Passengers May Receive Different Payout Amounts, Depending on Citizenship Status

Foreigners who were in the recent Asiana Airlines plane crash may receive less financial compensation than Americans who were on the same flight, as the higher paying U.S. courts may refuse to handle the cases of many foreigners.

Foreigners may have to pursue lawsuits and payouts for their grievances in courts in Asia and other places outside the U.S. because of an international treaty that addresses international air travel passengers, according to the Washington Post.

The international agreement may make it more difficult for foreigners to obtain payouts as large as the ones they would receive in American courts, as such lawsuits in other countries are generally more difficult to win and less generous in their financial compensation, according to Fox News.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco airport on July 6, injuring 182 passengers and killing three Chinese girls aboard the plane, according to the Huffington Post.

The majority of the people aboard the Asiana Airlines flight were foreigners. 

The people who were injured, paralyzed or who lost family children are estimated to each win millions of dollars in American courts.

“If you are a U.S. citizen, there will be no problem getting into U.S. courts,” said Frank Pitre, an attorney who represents two American passengers who were in the crash. “The other people are going to have a fight on their hands.” 

Sources: Fox News, Washington Post, Huffington Post 


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