Mangalore, May 28: Air India Executive Director (Southern Range) Sunil Kishan told reporters at Mangalore Airport on Friday that a legal team comprising representatives of Mulla and Mulla Associates, a legal firm hired by Air India to provide legal assistance to the family members of the plane crash victims will arrive at Mangalore on Friday.
Kishan said that the legal team will meet the relatives of the plane crash victims as well as the survivors of the crash and guide them through the legal processes of claiming insurance and compensation. The team will tell them all that they need to know about the legal aspects and will also help them get the required documents ready.
Kishan announced the establishment of a help desk at Mangalore and Calicut. People have already begun submitting applications for compensation and insurance, he said. In response to a journalist’s query regarding Air India’s job offer to survivors, Kishan said that none of the survivors had come forward requesting it.
Kishan also said that ornaments, baggage, and other valuables belonging to the plane crash victims will be given to the relatives after the identification process. Regarding the probe into the plane crash, he said that the DGCA is in the process of decoding data from the Black Box, the cockpit voice recorder, and other devices in order to find clues. The investigative team will also come to a decision regarding clearing the wreckage, he said.
J. Krishna Palemar, the district-in-charge minister, said that the district administration will soon distribute the state government’s compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the family members of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the survivors.