Kozhikode plane crash | Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives|Satheesh Kumar KB
Karipur: One year has passed since the Air India Express plane crashed at Kozhikode airport. However, compensation for accident victims has not been fully disbursed. Due to non-completion of treatment of seriously injured passengers and failure to give consent forms issued by Air India Express, compensation has not been paid.
Those affected had approached law establishments in various countries demanding more compensation. Of the injured, 28 approached law court in the United States and 43 in Dubai, including relatives of the 28 dead. Thirty people have also approached the Kerala High Court.
Air India Express has already paid Rs 65.5 crore as final compensation to 79 people. The plane was carrying 190 people, including passengers and crew. Passengers said the relief fund announced by the state government was not available even a year after the accident.
The Air India Express flight from Dubai to Kozhikode crashed on August 7, 2020, and 21 people died. 92 people were seriously injured. 73 people were slightly injured. Some of the injured have received compensation of up to Rs 7.5 crore.
Immediately after the accident, 15 people have been given Rs 10 lakh each and four people were given Rs 5 lakh each. Two lakh each was given to 92 seriously injured people. Air India also paid Rs 50,000 each to 73 people with minor injuries.
The amount was distributed as per the announcement of the Union Minister of Civil Aviation. The company has invested `Rs 4.83 crores for treatment of injured in 21 hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts.
Although Air India provided Rs 2 lakh as emergency assistance, it has obtained consent from the victims to recover this amount from the final compensation offered. Air India Express has been dealing directly with those who have not given their consent. So far 128 face-to-face meetings have taken place.
At the same time, the passengers had to spend a significant amount of money dealing with compensation cases that were handed over to law enforcement agencies in Dubai and the United States. Lawyers in the country charge only six to 10 percent commission, while corporates who file cases abroad charge around 50 percent commission.