Mangalore Air Crash: Rs 8 Crore to Pilot’s Family as Compensation

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Mangalore, Nov 4: Air India will have to pay around Rs 8 crore as compensation to the family of Captain Zlatko Glusica, the pilot that crashed in Mangalore on May 22, 2010, killing 158 people.

The national carrier had contended that Glusica’s family was not eligible for compensation as he was not an Indian national, however, the labour court dismissed the claim and ordered Air India ‘to deposit 7.45 lac dollars (Rs 4.63 crore) as per the workmen compensation package, besides 50 percent of the compensation amount as penalty for delaying the payment, and 12 percent interest per annum on the compensation amount from the date of accident till the date of depositing the amount’, the Bangalore Mirror reported.

AI ignored family’s requests 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)

The workmen compensation is based on the pilot’s age and salary. Capt Glusica was 55 years old, and his salary was $11,000 a month. Hence $5,500 (half of his salary drawn) has to be multiplied by 135.56 (a figure specified by the Workmen Compensation Act as per his age), to arrive at the compensation amount.

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