Survivor’s care has so far cost Dh26,000

DUBAI — Kish Airline has shelled out Dh26,000 towards the artificial hand of Mohammed Sobhy, a crash survivor who has been at the Al Qasimi Hospital since the Kish Airline crash incident on February 10 in Sharjah, disclosed a Kish Airline official.

By Ramona Ruiz

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Published: Mon 27 Dec 2004, 11:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:02 AM

“When the doctor at Al Qasimi Hospital informed us that the surgery will cost Dh4,000, we gave Dh6,000 with the balance of Dh2,000 to be handed over to Mohammed’s mother. Then we received a call and it was told that an artificial hand will cost Dh25,000, so we gave Dh20,000,” a Kish Airline official told Khaleej Times yesterday.

“We are not bothered about newspaper reports stating that we have not been cooperating with the crash survivors and victims. We have been visiting the crash survivors at the hospital, and have been giving them their monthly allowances. As I had earlier pointed out, we will bear their hospital expenses,” he added.

Mueed Ahmad of Emirates Advocates in Sharjah, who spoke on behalf of Mohammed’s lawyer Ameen Al Sisi, told Khaleej Times that their client was “under undue pressure from the airline to accept the offer and to sign off its liability”.

“He is mentally disturbed as he has lost his livelihood. He was earlier the breadwinner of the family. The airline has only given Dh10,000 all in all, although they might have given altogether a total of Dh20,000 later,” he said.

Ahmad likewise said that during an initial meeting with the airline, it offered a Dh600,000 compensation.

“After a report was published in the newspaper (not Khaleej Times), the amount was reduced to Dh300,000. The airline told him ‘if you don’t want Dh300,000, go fight your case’. The airline is adamant and is pressurising the patient who is now in a dilemma,” he said.

He said that Emirates Advocates was willing to handle the case, but was concerned about Mohammed’s plight and condition. “Teheran is not a party to the Montreal convention. The aviation law says that $165,000 should be immediately given after the accident irrespective of who was at fault. In addition, there is an unlimited liability clause,” Ahmad explained.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on the alleged reduction of compensation from Dh600,000 to Dh300,000, the Kish Airlines official refused to disclose the amount the airline had offered to Mohammed Sobhy.

He, however, stated: “We are not only dealing with Mohammed Sobhy but with 46 other people as well. As per the airline’s allocation, we had given to a number of claimants while there is some remaining balance. We had offered compensation despite the fact that the investigation has not been completed. We will later collect the amount from the insurance company upon the completion of the investigation.”

He added: “We are happy that a cyclist has raised funds for Mohammed Sobhy as this will mean additional dirhams for him. The airline is paying for his artificial hand as well as his medical expenses at Al Qasimi Hospital.”

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