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Payments for Aeriantur air-crash victims

The Chisinau-based company Accept Insurance announced on January 15 that it will pay $1,000 for each Turkish passenger killed in the crash of a charter airplane in Iraq. Twenty-eight Turkish citizens, one U.S. citizen, and five Moldovan crew members died on January 9 when the aircraft, operated by Moldova's Aeriantur Airways, crashed near the Iraqi town of Al-Bakr.

Accept Insurance spokeswoman Kristina Dolgikh said the firm is obliged to compensate next of kin $1,000 per passenger and $10,000 per crew member. Aeriantur Airways will receive $200,000 for the lost aircraft, she said. Accept Insurance, a regional affiliate of the international Donaris Group, is only responsible for a small portion of the flight's insurance coverage. A group of Russian insurance companies are responsible for 72 percent of the flight's coverage.