Mangalore: Emotional tributes were paid to
the 158 victims on the first anniversary of Mangalore air
crash, even as the issue of proper compensation for their kin
is yet to be settled.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday paid
floral tributes here on the occasion.
Even a year after the air crash, the issue of proper
compensation to the kin of victims is still to be decided,
though the Air India management has paid certain amounts as an
ad hoc measure.
158 people had lost their lives, while eight others
survived, when Air India Express flight IX 812 overshot the
airport runway and crashed into a deep gorge.
The Mangalore Air Crash Victims Families Association
organised a function here yesterday to mark the first
anniversary, which was attended by scores of grieving
relatives and friends.
On the occasion, BM Hegde, retired Vice Chancellor of
Manipal University and veteran cardiologist, suggested setting
up of a Communal Harmony Memorial as a tribute to the victims.
The Association has been fighting for equal compensation.
Hegde said, "We are all with you in your fight for your
legitimate entitlements and justice. The fight will gain more
strength if there is a collective effort."
Association`s President Y Mohammed Beary said the
intention of setting up the forum was not to demand
compensation, but to protect the rights of the families.
"With the air crash the hopes of many a people of
ensuring a quality life to their dependents back in India had
been dashed. We cannot get our beloved people back," he said.
Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court will soon take up for
hearing a case for compensation, filed by the Association for
Abdul Salam who lost his son in the crash. A decision on this
case may open an avenue for other crash victims or their kin
also to get compensation as per the Montreal Convention.
The fatal crash had shaken up the aviation industry which
was forced to undertake a re-look at the safety oversight
system of Directorate General of Civil Aviation, covering
aerodromes, air navigation, airlines, flight operations,
training of pilots and all other related areas.