An appeal court has upheld a record compensation payment for the families of four Shanghai residents killed when a Korean Airlines jet crashed into their neighbourhood three years ago. The Supreme People's Court backed the Intermediate People's Court order that the company pay between 880,000 and one million yuan (between HK$840,000 and HK$940,000) to the family of each victim, the Shanghai-based Xinmin Evening News reported. It is the highest amount awarded to victims of an aviation disaster in China. Five Shanghai residents were killed and dozens of houses damaged when the plane crashed near Hongqiao International Airport in April 1998 after an aborted take-off. The family of one victim accepted an out-of-court settlement of 525,000 yuan, while the rest went to court. Each family had asked for 3.57 million yuan in damages. In upholding the lower court's ruling, the Supreme People's Court said the damages were in part punitive and aimed at forcing the airline to improve its safety measures.