Friday 5 October 2012

Kingfisher Airlines Crisis fallout : Wife of Kingfisher Airlines AME Engineer commits suicide, blames financial stress on AME's family

What Poor Pilots / AMEs and their families would  Do ?

If Kingfisher Airlines become defunct many such cases possible :(

 In a shocking incident, a wife of a Kingfisher Airlines employee committed suicide.

A suicide note recovered by the police points to financial stress as the cause for the woman's suicide.

The husband is employed as an engineer in the crisis hit airlines.

"Sushmita Chakravarthy, 45, was found hanging with a ceiling fan at her south Delhi residence in Palam Thursday at 1:30 p.m.," said a police official.

CNN IBN reports that the employee was not paid salary for the past six months.

A suicide note left behind by her said that her husband has not received salary for the past four-five months, police said. Her husband Manas Chakravarthy, a retired airforce official, works as an AME technician in Kingfisher Airlines.

Their son studies engineering in Assam.

"Manas called his wife on her mobile phone. When she did not respond he reached his house and found her hanging," the police official added. She was depressed over financial crisis, police said.

Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) A.P. Ojha told IANS that Sushmita was depressed over the financial crisis for the past few months. The thought of airlines becoming defunct prompted her to take this extreme step, said police.

A NDTV report says that suicide note reads: "My husband and son are very caring and I love them. My husband works with Kingfisher where they have not paid him salary for the last six months. We are in acute financial crisis and so I am committing suicide."

Meanwhile, the crisis in embattled Kingfisher Airlines escalated after talks between the company and pilots and engineers in Delhi had ended in failure as the company had not made a commitment on payment of overdue salaries.

Kingfisher, once India's second-largest airline, is more than half a year behind on salary payments and has grounded its fleet since Monday after a protest by engineers over the weekend turned violent. Talks with employees in Mumbai on Wednesday ended in a stalemate.

"Employees demanded payment of long pending salary (seven months) prior to resuming operations. All employees expressed their keenness to resume work provided their dues are cleared expeditiously," the group of unidentified employees in Delhi said in a statement on Thursday.

The shutdown has further dimmed the outlook for the airline controlled by liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Kingfisher, which has never turned a profit since its founding in 2005, is saddled with $1.4 billion in debt, owed mostly to government banks led by State Bank of India.

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