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Portugal: German FM thanks Portuguese authorities for support after Madeira bus crash02:02

Portugal: German FM thanks Portuguese authorities for support after Madeira bus crash

Portugal, Funchal
April 18, 2019 at 21:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass thanked Portuguese authorities for their support, after visiting the site of the deadly bus crash in Madeira on Thursday, where at least 29 German tourists lost their lives.

"We thank the Portuguese authorities for offering an aircraft in order to bring the remains of those who died to Germany. We will do that as soon as the identification has finished,” Maas said, while speaking at a press event alongside his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva.

The top German diplomat also said that a German military aircraft for medical evacuations would arrive in Madeira on Friday to transport the injured back to Germany.

According to reports, the bus carrying German tourists veered off a hill near the town of Canico, east of the capital city of Funchal, at around 18:30 (17:30 GMT) on Wednesday. There were 55 passengers on board when the crash occurred.

Portugal: German FM thanks Portuguese authorities for support after Madeira bus crash02:02
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass thanked Portuguese authorities for their support, after visiting the site of the deadly bus crash in Madeira on Thursday, where at least 29 German tourists lost their lives.

"We thank the Portuguese authorities for offering an aircraft in order to bring the remains of those who died to Germany. We will do that as soon as the identification has finished,” Maas said, while speaking at a press event alongside his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva.

The top German diplomat also said that a German military aircraft for medical evacuations would arrive in Madeira on Friday to transport the injured back to Germany.

According to reports, the bus carrying German tourists veered off a hill near the town of Canico, east of the capital city of Funchal, at around 18:30 (17:30 GMT) on Wednesday. There were 55 passengers on board when the crash occurred.