Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Karipur plane crash: victims’ forum to resort to ‘intense strike’ over compensation

The Karipur air crash victims’ action forum, with the support of Malabar Development Forum (MDF), is planning to launch an “intense strike” if the Air India Express authorities did not revoke the letter sent to the victims recently, terminating the company’s treatment assistance by September 17.

Edakkuni Abdurahman, General Secretary of MDF, told reporters here on Wednesday that the company was shying away from supporting around 100 seriously injured passengers, defying the Montreal Convention 1999 that underlines the rights of air passengers in the event of a mishap.

Mr. Abdurahman said the compensation offered by the airlines to the injured passengers was meagre compared to their actual treatment expenses and that representatives of the airlines were harassing the passengers, forcing them to accept what was offered and exploiting the financial burden they were already facing.

“The airline has received ₹640 crore from the insurance company. They could easily give the deserving compensation to all passengers”, said Mr. Abdurahman.

Besides the 19 deceased, there were 165 other passengers in the flight. Of them, around 100 sustained serious injuries in the incident. The airlines have allegedly paid meagre compensation and settled the claims of 81 injured passengers.

25/08/21 The Hindu

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