Wednesday, 13 August 2014

# Africa News # Dana Airline

Insurer pays N821m to Dana Airline 'crash victims’ relatives

No fewer than 106 relatives of the passengers who lost their lives in the ill-fated Dana aircraft that crashed on June 3, 2012 have received insurance claims totalling $5.05m (N821m), according to the lead underwriter of the airline.

The Managing Director, Prestige Assurance Plc, Mr. Anand Mittal, disclosed this to our correspondent in an exclusive interview in Lagos on Monday.

“As of August 11, 2014, we have made advance payments to 106 passengers and final payments have been made to 68 passengers’ relatives,” Mittal said.

He explained that two out of the 68, who collected the final claims, were relatives of the ground victims, while the rest were relatives of the passengers abroad the aircraft.

The managing director noted that 30 per cent of the total claims, or $30,000 per head, was expected to be paid within 30 days of the loss as the initial liability, while the balance was to be paid after the presentation of letters of administration by the victims’ family members.

According to him, the number of passengers in the crashed plane was 147, while the crew members made the number of those on the plane to be 153.

Mittal noted that the family of one of the two pilots involved in the crash, who hailed from Florida, United States, had been given N4m, but that the relatives of the other pilot from India had yet to submit the necessary documents that would enable them to get the claims.

The aircraft insurance provides compensation for losses due to technical damage to the plane; the third party liability provides settlement for damage the plane may cause to other people’s lives or assets on the ground; while the passenger’s liability insurance provides cover for those on board who may die or suffer injuries in the event of a crash.

According to international ratings for insurance claims, a minimum of $100,000 is to be paid to the family of each passenger who died in plane crashes.

Over the years, the frequent dropping of planes recorded in the Nigerian aviation sector has contributed to the low rating of risk management in Africa.

The association said that this showed that aircraft in the region were operating with less well trained crews in less well regulated environment.

-Punch Newspaper

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