US-Bangla crash victims to get minimum $50,000: Minister
11 April 2018, Nirapad News: Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal today said families of the passengers who were killed in US- Bangla aircraft crash in Kathmandu will receive minimum US 50,000 dollars from insurance company as per compensation.
“We will provide legal support to the victims’ families from our ministry so that they can get the compensation in shortest possible time,” he told journalists at a press briefing held at the ministry’s conference room at secretariat here.
According to the Warsaw Convention, the minister said each family of the deceased will get an approximately $50,000 from the insurance company after some legal steps are taken while the survivors will also get compensation as per severity of their injuries.
The minister said the families need to submit succession certificates as per the law to the insurance company for claiming compensation.
Shahjahan said he directed Civil Aviation Authority to assign its lawyer panel for providing legal supports to the plane crash victims’ families in this regards.
Chief Executive Officer of US-Bangla Airlines Imran Asif, also present at the briefing, said currently the issue of disbursement of compensation to all injured or deceased’s families is considered as the top priority of US- Bangla Airlines.
“The insurance company is ready to give us compensation money for the crashed aircraft, but we told the insurance company to disburse compensation to the victims first,” he said adding “We will receive our money only after insurance company carrying out the disbursement of compensations to the victims.”
He said US-Bangla has the record of whereabouts of all passengers killed or injured in the crash. “The insurance company has appointed a lawyer who is keeping touch with all families, moreover we gave advertisements to national daily newspapers to inform the families to provide necessary information,” he said.
The insurance company will provide compensation once the procedure is done and US-Bangla Airlines cannot manipulate it, he said.
The local insurance agents of US-Bangla Airlines are Sadharan Bima Corporation and Sena Kalyan Insurance Company Ltd.
A US-Bangla aircraft crashed at the Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 12 killing 50 passengers including 27 Bangladeshi nationals of the 71 on board.