The aircraft went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board, including six Australians. It was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The grieving families have grown increasingly frustrated in recent months as searches have revealed no trace of the aircraft, and have even set up their own crowdfunding appeal in an attempt to find out what happened.

So far, six Malaysian families and one Chinese family have received a payout, and insurers are examining claims made by 40 other Chinese families.

According to The Independent, Under International Civil Aviation Organisation rules, passengers’ relatives can receive up to $175,000 in compensation. 

However, this cannot be made until Malaysian deputy foreign minister Hamzah Zainudin formally announces that the plane has been lost.

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