Air India pays over Rs. 14 crore as interim compensation to crash victims

Air India on Thursday said it has paid over Rs 14 crore as interim compensation to the next of kin of those killed as well as those injured in the May 22 air crash in Mangalore.

158 persons, including all the six crew members, aboard the Air India Express flight IX-812, were killed when the Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Dubai overshot the runway and plunged into a ravine. Eight passengers had survived the crash.

Of them, three injured were still in hospitals and the rest discharged.

The airline said all bodies recovered from the accident site had been returned to the relatives and a mass burial was carried out for the 12 bodies which could not be identified.

Interim compensation of Rs 14.06 crore has been paid by Air India as on June 11 for 159 passengers, including those injured, an official spokesperson said.

The payment for one remaining passenger is yet to be made as the next of kin were based in Dubai and certain formalities were still required to be carried out, she said.

This compensation was paid at the rate of Rs 2 lakh to each survivor, Rs 5 lakh for every deceased child and Rs 10 lakh each for every deceased adult.

In addition, Air India facilitated the payment of Rs 3.06 crores as compensation from Prime Minister?s Relief Fund. An amount of Rs 2 lakh each was paid to the 151 death cases from the Fund and Rs 50,000 each given to the 8 survivors.

Meanwhile, the U.S. firm, Kenyon International, has commenced work at the Mangalore crash site and was carrying out disinfection, cleansing and identifying the personal effects of the deceased, the spokesperson said.

The 'Angels of Air India', a specially trained humanitarian assistance team drawn from different sections of Air India employees, continued supporting the family members and survivors and providing other logistic support, including ensuring issuance of death certificates and carrying out other formalities, she said.

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