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New Delhi: The Kerala High Court today set aside a single bench order directing the Air India (AI) to pay a minimum compensation of Rs 7.5 million each to the relatives of passengers killed in an air cash at the Bangalore airport last year.
A division bench of the high court, comprising Justices C N Ramachandran Nair and P S Gopinathan, set aside the single judge order that Air India was liable to pay only actual damages proved by the claimants in case of death and those injured.
However, the court while allowing an appeal filed by the Air India, observed that the relatives of those killed in the accident was eligible to get reasonable compensation and the Air India should consider their claims positively.
The court also dismissed an appeal by the parents of a victim, seeking higher compensation. An Air India flight from Dubai crashed while landing at the Mangalore Airport after it caught fire when one of its wings hit a hillock, killing 158 passengers and its crew members in May 2010.
Following a petition by the relatives of those killed, the single bench of the High Court had ordered the Air India to pay a minimum compensation of Rs 75 lakh each to them.