AI to send team to Mangalore to expedite compensation

National carrier Air India will send a team of officials to Mangalore to facilitate compensation claims filed by the families of victims of the last week`s air crash.

Updated: May 27, 2010, 18:11 PM IST

Mumbai: National carrier Air India will send
a team of officials to Mangalore to facilitate compensation
claims filed by the families of victims of the last week`s air
crash.

"Air India will be positioning a team of officials,
including lawyers, to Mangalore who will be assisting the
survivors and relatives of the victims of the Air India
Express flight IX 812 in their claims for compensation," a
press release said here today.

The airline has already announced an interim compensation
to the kith and kin of the deceased.

Air India Executive Director (Southern Region), Sunil
Kishen, will be coordinating with the team. "The lawyers and
officials will be there for at least two days," it said.

The Angels of Air India (a team of volunteers for any
any emergency response) drawn from various sections of AI
employees, are in Mangalore since the May 22 crash and
assisting the survivors and relatives of the victims in all
their requirements, the release said.

The airline has also arranged counselling sessions for
the survivors and the relatives to get over the trauma, it
said.

As many as 158 persons were killed the Air India Express
Boeing plane from Dubai with 166 passengers and crew on board
overshot the touchdown point during landing at the Bajpe
airport in Mangalore, crashed down a cliff and burst into
flames.

PTI