Dubai-India air crash compensation raised by court
Each family of the victims of last year's Air India Express crash in Mangalore, which took off from Dubai, must be paid at least 7.5 million rupees ($168,174) within a month, an Indian court ruled on Wednesday.
Justice PR Ramachandran Menon, sitting in Kerala High Court, passed the order for compensation relating to the air disaster which happened on May 22 last year.
The decision came following a petition filed by the family of Mohammed Rafi, who lost his life in the crash, news agency IANS reported.
A total of 158 passengers and crew on board the Air India aircraft from Dubai perished when the plane caught fire after one of its wings hit a hillock before landing at Kenjar in Mangalore.
The court has ordered the airline to pay the victims' relatives a no-fault liability of 100,000 special drawing rights (SDR) to the families of each of the deceased, and to settle other individual claims.
The SDR is a special currency issued by the International Monetary Fund.
Shortly after the accident, the civil aviation ministry had originally announced one million rupees as compensation to families of the dead.
Of the 158 victims, 53 were Keralites. Most hailed from the northern parts of the state, especially Kasargode and Kannur.