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Injured passengers get compensation for Qantas flight nosedive

(Xinhua)

15:23, December 30, 2011

SYDNEY, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- More than 140 Qantas passengers have received compensation payouts of up to 400,000 AU dollars ( 405,800 U.S. dollars) for injuries caused by their plane plunging twice over Western Australia (WA), local media reported Friday.

The Airbus A330 was flying from Singapore to Perth in October 2008 with 303 passengers on board when it plunged hundreds of feet in a few seconds near Exmouth, in WA's north.

An out of court settlement has been arranged for 144 passengers, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

However, compensation offers have been refused by 16 passengers who are launching a class action in the United States against Airbus and aviation technology company Northrop Grumman.

According to a report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, at least 110 passengers and nine of the 12 crew members were injured in the incident.

The report said it was a unique event that resulted from faulty software in the plane's computer.

Qantas said the pilots operating the flight responded swiftly and appropriately to land the aircraft safely.

After the incident, the manufacturers redesigned the flight computer software to prevent the problem recurring.

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