SC issues notices to Govt, Air India on compensation for Mangalore crash

United News of India

New Delhi, January 3, 2012

The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Centre and Air India on a petition seeking compensation of Rs 75 lakh each to the victims of the 2010 Mangalore air crash in Karnataka.

The apex court has sought the response of the respondents to the petition which has alleged that the national carrier cannot escape its liability to compensate the families of the victims adequately for the loss suffered by them as well as emotional trauma which the kith and kin of the victims had to suffer after they lost their family members in the crash.
Counsel for the petitioner also alleged that the amount of the compensation announced by national carrier was very low and inadequate keeping in view the standard of living enjoyed by the victims. Air India had announced interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh each. He said under the Montreal convention, Air India was obliged to pay a minimum compensation of 100,000 SDRS (Special Drawing Rights) amounting to Rs 75 lakh.
One hundred and fifty-eight of the passengers and crew onboard the Air India Express flight from Dubai were killed when the plane caught fire after overshooting the runway and falling into a valley on May 22, 2010.