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Mangalore tragedy: Only 11 claims settled so far

September 15, 2010 00:51 IST

Nearly four months after an air tragedy claimed 158 lives when an Air India Express crashed near Bajpe airport in Mangalore, the agency appointed to settle compensation claims has so far succeeded in settling only 11 claims.

Mulla and Mulla Company, a Mumbai-based firm entrusted with the task of negotiating with families of victims, had finalised claims in respect of 11 cases and is in the process of settling another, the firm's representative H D Nanavathi told mediapersons after its third sitting held in Mangalore.

She said 18 families have approached the firm for compensation. Three have sought time to come back with their views after consultation with their relatives, she said.

Compensation has to be worked out in each case separately on the basis of proof of loss, Nanavathi said. She however refused to disclose the quantum of compensation paid so far.

To a question on the reason for the May 22 crash, she said, "Those issues are not concerned to my firm".

The Mangalore-bound Air India Express plane from Dubai crashed and caught fire after it overshot the runway while landing at the airport.

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