More than two days after China's worst air disaster in a decade, officials refused to release details about the injured and said families of the dead would receive maximum compensation of $4,250.
Foreign diplomats criticized the secrecy about the crash, describing as highly irregular the fact that no details on 53 injured people had emerged by Thursday evening.Officials said 127 people were killed when a hijacked Boeing 737 exploded and crashed into two parked planes Tuesday at Baiyun (White Cloud) airport in the southern city of Canton.
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of China, the national air carrier, said $4,250 was the maximum compensation victims of a domestic air crash could receive under Chinese law.
Under the Warsaw convention, an airline's crash liability is listed as a maximum of $75,000 for each claimant.
Compensation claims from relatives of the 37 foreigners killed will be treated the same as those from Chinese, the spokesman said.
The spokesman's remarks to Reuters appeared to contradict a Chinese government spokesman who told reporters Wednesday that "foreigners will be treated according to international practice."
The government spokesman made it clear that Taiwan citizens were regarded as Chinese, a central tenet of Beijing doctrine that the Nationalist-held island is a part of China.