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Jul 20, 2011 at 09:09pm IST

HC tells AI to hike Mangalore crash compensation to Rs 75 lakh

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court has ruled that the victims of May 2010 Mangalore air crash that claimed the lives of 158 people will now be entitled to an interim compensation of Rs 75 lakh each.

This came on a petition filed by the Mangalore Air Crash Victims Families Association after Air India offered a victim's father Rs 35 lakh as compensation.

The association's plea says international norms mandate a minimum compensation of Rs 72 lakh.

Air India is expected to compensate the victims' families within one year. This will add about Rs 124 crore burden on cash-trapped Air India.

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 airliner from Dubai carrying 166 people crashed outside Bajpe Airport in Mangalore, Karnataka on May 22, 2010 and burst into flames after overshooting a table-top runway and plunging into forest below.

Air India Express is the budget arm of the loss-ridden state-run carrier Air India, which has been fending off growing competition from private airlines.

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