Plane crash in Russia: Airline to pay Rs 13 lakh to families of each victim

The kin of the 62 passengers, including an Indian couple, will be given this ‘hardship payment’ by Flydubai

Dubai: Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai yesterday announced a $20,000 (R13 lakh) financial assistance to the kin of each of the 62 passengers, including an Indian couple, aboard its ill-fated flight bound for Russia that crashed after missing the runway in bad weather.

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People pay their tribute to victims at the entrance of the Rostov-on-Don airport. Pic/AFP

Flydubai, a sister firm of Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates Airlines, said at present, its priority is to identify and contact the families of the victims on board flight FZ981 and provide immediate support to those affected.

“Flydubai will additionally organise a programme of hardship payments to the families amounting to $20,000 per passenger, in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage, with the aim of addressing immediate financial needs,” a statement by the airline said.

Police and Emergency Ministry employees investigate the wreckage of the crashed plane at the Rostov-on-Don airport yesterday. Pic/AP
Police and Emergency Ministry employees investigate the wreckage of the crashed plane at the Rostov-on-Don airport yesterday. Pic/AP

The Boeing 737-800, which took off from Dubai for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, exploded into a fireball early yesterday after it was believed to have missed the runway amid bad weather during its second attempt to land after circling for several hours.

All 55 passengers and seven crew members on board the airliner were declared instantly dead. The deceased, that included Indians Mohan Shyam and his wife Anju Kathirvel Aiyappa, were mostly Russians.

The passengers included 33 women, 18 men and four children while of the seven crew members, five were men and two were women. Representatives from the state-owned budget airline were arriving in Rostov-on-Don — a city of some 1 million around 1,000 kilometres south of Moscow to aid the criminal probe into whether pilot error, a technical fault or poor weather was to blame for the accident.

Pilot was about to quit

The Cypriot pilot of the crashed Flydubai jet was going to quit the airline after recently accepting a job with Ryanair in Cyprus, a long-time friend said yesterday. The friend said pilot Aristos Socratous, whose wife will give birth to the couple’s first child in a few weeks, wanted to raise his family in Cyprus despite a drop in his wages.

Black boxes badly damaged
Aviation experts yesterday began examining the black boxes from the FlyDubai flight that crashed amid high winds at an airport in southern Russia but said the cockpit voice and data recorders were badly damaged.

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