Kerala to pay Rs.3 lakh each for its 46 crash victims

Mangalore/Thiruvananthapuram, May 23 (Calcutta Tube) The Kerala government Sunday announced a compensation of Rs.3 lakh each for all the 46 people from the state who perished in Saturday’s air crash in Mangalore.

The office of Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan made this announcement.

Of the 159 people killed in the crash, 46 were from Kerala. Of these, 38 bodies have been identified. Funerals of 31 victims were conducted in Kerala’s Kannur and Kasargode districts Sunday.

Relatives of eight other crash victims from Kerala are waiting in Mangalore to identify the bodies.

The Air India IX 812 Dubai-Mangalore flight overshot the runway while landing at the Bajpe airport, about 20 km from here, early Saturday and caught fire after plunging about 300 metres off a cliff.

All passengers were Indians, many returning home from Dubai where they worked.

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