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HC orders HAL to pay ₹55 lakh to MiG-21 pilot

Wed May 03, 2017 1:34 am

A serving Indian Air Force pilot who was injured in a MiG-21 crash in 2005 was awarded ₹55 lakh ($86,000 almost) as compensation by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday for being exposed to “unreasonable risk”.
Holding that manufacturing defects and faulty workmanship of the fighter jet had led to the crash, a Bench of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and Deepa Sharma asked the government to pay ₹5 lakh and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) ₹50 lakh to Wing Commander Sanjeet Singh Kaila, 46, within four weeks.
Through his counsel Bharat S. Kumar, Mr. Kaila, who is now posted at Nasik, had sought compensation on account of “violation of his fundamental right to life, especially the right to work in a safe environment” under Article 21. ... 357430.ece

Now that's interesting. Has anything like this ever happened in any military around the world?
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Re: HC orders HAL to pay ₹55 lakh to MiG-21 pilot

Wed May 03, 2017 2:58 am

General Dynamics was sued back in the 1980's over wiring faults in the F-16 that lead to a fatal crash; the initial judgement awarded the family of the pilot a few million dollars in damages, but that got overturned on appeal

Boeing was also sued by a pilot who suffered injuries in 2007 when a F-15 broke apart in mid air as a result of structural defect in the upper longerons that was later discovered to be widespread across the F-15 fleet.

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