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Mangalore AI crash: Bombay HC stays compensation to family of pilot

AI has said it hired Glusica from a contractor on January 7, 2009.

Mumbai | Published: January 9, 2014 3:50:11 pm

In a setback to the family of Serbian pilot Captain Zlatko Glusica, who was killed in the May 22, 2010, Air India (AI) flight crash in Mangalore, the Bombay High Court (HC) Wednesday stayed a lower court order granting a compensation of over Rs 4 crore.
AI had challenged the October 13, 2013, order of the Mumbai Labour Commissioner to deposit Rs 4,63,37,797 with 12 per cent interest and a penalty of 50 per cent. Rs 2,76,89,723 has been already given to the family of the pilot.
AI counsel Firoz Bharucha contended that the Labour Commissioner erred in computing the compensation amount. He said Glusica was drawing a salary of $9,170, not $11,000 as held by the labour court. Bharucha said the lower court failed to appreciate that the compensation has to be calculated on the basis of actual salary received by Glusica, not on the basis of the amount paid by AI to the contractor.
AI has said it hired Glusica from a contractor on January 7, 2009. He was killed with five other crew members and 152 passengers when the AI Boeing VT-AXV 737-800 from Dubai crashed in Mangalore.

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