AI to pay Rs 8 cr to Mangalore crash pilot


MUMBAI
Air India will have to pay around Rs 8 crore to the family of Captain Zlatko Glusica, the pilot of the Air India Express Boeing 737 that crashed in Mangalore on May 22, 2010, killing 158 people.

The Labour Court in Mumbai, while rejecting the national carrier’s claims that Glusica’s case couldn’t be considered for compensation as he wasn’t an Indian national, ordered Air India to deposit $7.45 lakh (Rs 4.63 crore) as per the workmen compensation package, besides 50 per cent of the compensation amount as penalty for delaying the payment, and 12 per cent interest per annum on the compensation amount from the date of accident till the date of depositing the amount, which works out to around Rs 98 lakh.

Glusica’s family, based in Belgrade, wrote to the Air India officials on many occasions, following which they moved the Labour Court, saying they got nothing while families of the first officer and crew members of the ill-fated flight were paid the workmen compensation – which has to be paid to officials who die on duty (Relatives of Mangalore crash pilot seek Rs 5-cr, MM, March 8).

Full report here Mumbai Mirror

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