Denial of compensation to mother of Egyptian plane crash victim upheld
MOSCOW, April 6 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Moscow City Court has upheld denial of insurance compensation to Valentina Averkina, the mother of a woman died in Airbus A321 plane crash in Egypt, her lawyer Igor Trunov told RAPSI on Thursday.
Averkina has lodged a claim demanding full payment of compensation from VTB-Strahovanie insurance company. In November 2016, Moscow’s Basmanny District Court dismissed the lawsuit.
Claims under the lawsuit were based on the subject matter of insurance contract concluded by the plaintiff with VTB-Strahovanie. According to the plaintiff’s lawyers, the claim’s amount reached about $105,000.
The court examined evidence submitted by the insurer and held that the passenger’s death in the crash resulted from a terrorist attack was not an insured accident envisaged by the contract of insurance. Thus, VTB-Strahovanie has no legal authority for payment of insurance indemnity to the victim’s heirs.
The company told RAPSI that it is pleased with the court’s decision.
The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on October 31, 2015, leaving 224 people dead. The airliner was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg in Russia.
The Federal Security Service (FSB) chief, Alexander Bortnikov earlier said that a terrorist attack was the cause of the plane crash.
A militant group linked to Islamic State said in a statement that it had brought down the plane in response to Russian airstrikes in Syria.