Friday, August 06, 2021

1 Year Later, Survivors Of Kerala Plane Crash Reflect On Loss, Compensation

Kozhikode: A year on, some of the injured in the Boeing 737 plane crash at the Kozhikode airport have nightmarish memories of the accident that turned their life topsy-turvy on August 7, 2020, besides being caught in long-drawn negotiations on compensation.

The plane operated by Air India Express and coming from Dubai overshot the runway at Kozhikode airport and broke into two, killing at least 21 people including the two pilots and injuring many, some seriously.

There were 190 people onboard the aircraft. "The horrible sound of that crash is still echoing in my ears," said Ashik Perumbal, who was a passenger in the aircraft.

Mr Ashik, hailing from Changaramkulam in Malappuram district, was working as a driver in the Gulf. He suffered serious injuries on both shoulders in the accident. He underwent multiple surgical processes to fix his shoulders.

"Still I am struggling a lot both mentally and physically", he told PTI.

Mr Ashik, who accepted the compensation offer made by the Air India Express, said it was after "complicated negotiation procedures" he signed the letter for compensation.

06/08/21 Press Trust of India/NDTV

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