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Nepalese victim families of US Bangla plane crash file case demanding compensation

KATHMANDU: Families of seven Nepali students who died in US Bangla crash in Tribhuvan International Airport have filed case against the airlines company in Kathmandu District Court demanding more than Rs. 2 billion compensation as per the law.
Families of seven students said that they were compelled to file the case against the airlines company as it did not provide compensation demanded as per the international law.
Parents of Anjila Shrestha, Asana Shakya, Mili Maharjan, Niga Maharjan, Princy Dhami, Sanjaya Maharjan and Shreya Jha jointly filed the case against the US Bangla Airlines on Wednesday.
The seven students studying MBBS in Bangladesh were killed in the US Bangla aircraft crash on March 12, 2018 when it was about to land at the TIA.
Families of the deceased have demanded compensation worth Rs. 2.1 billion (US$ 19,090,403) from the airlines company for wrongful death as per the Montreal Convention 1999, Warsaw Convention 1929 and Hague Protocol 1995. Nepal is one of the signatories to these international conventions.
Claim of compensation amount by the families of deceased students was based on the special valuation as per the indices 13 of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the report of investigation team formed by the government which had concluded that the accident was due to the serious negligence and mistake from the captain.
The compensation amount has been claimed as per the international practices calculating it on the basis of both economic and non-economic loses bore by the families, said Advocate Amrit Kharel, lawyer of the families of the deceased.
The claim amount also includes the special drawing rights as provisioned in the Montreal Convention and court fees and other expenses in court process and its interest as provisioned in the convention, Kharel said.

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