A court in Kochi on Wednesday ordered Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) and Oman Air to pay a compensation of Rs 15 lakh to the next of kin of a man who died four years ago after collapsing at the airport.
The Ernakulam District Consumer Disputes Redressel Forum (DCDRF) ordered Cochin CIAL and the private airline to pay Rs 7.50 lakh each, to the family of K N Rajan of Kottanallur who died of a heart attack before boarding his flight in June 2011.
The order was pronounced after it was established that the death was due to negligence on the part of the airline and the airport authorities.
The New Indian Express reports on June 22, 2011, the deceased Rajan arrived at Kochi International Airport with his wife, daughter and son-in-law around 4 am to board a flight to Oman. After the boarding call, the family members left and waited outside the airport for the flight to take off.
After some time, the family got a call from Rajanâ€™s number informing them that Rajan had collapsed at the airport and has been admitted in the Emergency Unit of the airport.
Following that, the airport authorities asked the relatives to shift him to another hospital in Angamaly without providing any ambulance service. He was then taken to the hospital in a private car.
But when they reached the hospital, Rajan was declared dead. The family had initially sought a compensation of Rs 19 lakh.