Rs 10-lakh interim payment for victim families: AI
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Last Updated: Monday, May 24, 2010, 17:59
Mumbai: Air India on Monday said that it has decided to release an immediate interim payment of Rs 10-lakh to the family members of each victim of the Mangalore air- crash.

Besides, the family members of victims below 12-years of age would be provided Rs five-lakh as interim compensation, the airline said.

"To provide immediate relief to the family members of the deceased and injured passengers, Air India Charters has decided to release an interim payment of Rs 10-lakh. For passengers below the age of 12, it has been decided to provide a relief of Rs five-lakh," Air India spokesperson Harpreet Singh De told reporters here.

Air India will pay an interim compensation of Rs two-lakh to the family of each injured passenger, she said.

The bodies of 122 passengers who died in the Mangalore plane crash have been handed over to their family members and relatives, she said, adding 22 bodies are yet to be identified.

The bodies of the three-crew members including air- hostess Tejal Kamulkar, co-pilot H S Ahluwalia, and Flight Commander Z Glusica, have also been identified.

But the body of another crew-member Sujata Survase has not yet been identified, the spokesperson said, adding 80 DNA samples have been taken for identifying the deceased. Six centres - Mumbai, Chennai, Kozhikode, Delhi, Dubai and Mangalore - has been set up for facilitating claims for interim compensation.

"Air India is trying its best to provide all assistance to the passengers' family members. Our priority now is to ensure that we provide relief in the form of compensation to the victims' family members," she said.

The spokesperson, however, declined to comment on the on-going investigations into the crash.


First Published: Monday, May 24, 2010, 17:59

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