A year on, Karipur survivors in Kerala, battle trauma and loss

Since one year has passed after the Air India Express plane crashed at Kozhikode airport, the compensation from Air India are still pending. 165 passengers on Air India Express flight IX 1344 (Boeing 737) were lucky to survive the crash at Karipur airport on Aug 7, 2020, the accident has left deep scars and torn apart their lives. On the first anniversary of the crash, the haunting memories are fresh in the minds of many survivors as they try to cope with the trauma of the tragedy that changed their loves forever.

A year after the Air India Express crash at Calicut International Airport, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), which is probing the incident, is yet to submit the investigation report to the Civil Aviation Ministry. Several survivors and kin of all victims who had pressed for adequate compensation from Air India are still awaiting it. They claim that the airline did not offer adequate compensation and they are eligible for a higher compensation. Also, the relief fund announced by the state government was not available even a year after the accident for the passengers. Twenty-one people including the pilot and co-pilot were killed in the plane crash at the Karipur airport on August 7 2020. The airlines gave the offer letter of compensation to the 165 injured and the kin of the deceased. Air India Express has already paid Rs 65.5 crore as final compensation to 79 people. The Air India Express flight from Dubai to Kozhikode crashed on August 7, 2020, and 21 people died. The plane was carrying 190 people, including passengers and crew. 92 people were seriously injured. 73 people were slightly injured. Some of the injured have received compensation of up to Rs 7.5 crore.