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AI announces interim compensation, hands over 128 bodies

Air India on Sunday announced an interim compensation for the victims of the Mangalore air crash that killed 158 people.



Mangalore: Air India on Sunday announced an
interim compensation for the victims of the air crash,
including Rs ten lakh for the family of those above 12 years
of age, even as it handed over 128 bodies to the kin of the
victims.

Addressing a press conference here a day after the
tragedy that claimed 158 lives, Air India Chairman and
Managing Director Arvind Jadhav said they were in talks with
insurance companies, including Reliance Insurance and General
Insurance Company, on payment of compensation.

"We are announcing an interim compensation. We will
give them money immediately," he said.

Rs 10 lakh will be given to the kin of the deceased
who are above 12 years of age and Rs five lakh to the family
of those below. For the injured, the Air India will pay Rs two
lakh as interim compensation.

"This is over and above the compensation announced by
the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) and the state government,"
Jadhav said.

He said 128 bodies have been identified and handed
over to relatives.

"Eighteen more bodies have been identified and the
post mortem are in progress. Twelve bodies have not been
identified as yet," Jadhav said.

On questions about recovery of the black box (flight
data recorder) and the cockpit voice recorder, he said as per
his information, the black box has not been recovered.

Urging people and media not to speculate on the
reasons for the crash, Jadhav said speculations would harm the
interests of the victims.

"It was an international flight. It has international
ramifications. Speculations will hurt the interests of
the passengers," Jadhav said.

Jadhav said the operations of Air India has been normal to the extent of 90 per cent. "Only 12 per cent of the
operations have been affected. On Air India Express, the 90
per cent of the operations were on," he said.

He also said counselling for cabin crew in various cities, including New Delhi, Kochi and Mangalore as they were
in a "state of trauma" after the incident.

"We are overwhelmed by the kind of response of the local villagers who reached the spot and helped in rescue
operations. Without them, the eight persons could not have
survived," Jadhav said.

PTI

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