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Injured German tourists fly from Madeira

After the bus accident on the island of Madeira, the Bundeswehr has begun with the recovery of the injured German tourists. The Start of the special machine was broadcast live on Portuguese television. On Board 15 of the wounded were.

Madeira, after the tragedy, still in shock. On Friday, Survivors and their relatives had participated in Funchal, at a memorial service.

Some of the guests would have had significant injuries on the body and face, reported the newspaper "Correio da Manhã". The 45-minute event, which was also Portugal's President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa took part, was held behind closed doors.

The Airbus of the German air force was broken up early Saturday morning from the airport of Cologne-Wahn to Madeira, to the wounded to pick up. The staff of the clinic in the island's capital, Funchal, a wounded German was returned on the Friday evening to Germany.

29 Dead, according to Portuguese sources

In the case of the bus accident on Wednesday evening near the village of Caniço had come, according to the Portuguese authorities, 29 German tourists lost their lives. From the German side, has been called any number of victims. This should only happen after the completion of the identification. The corpses are to be released in the next days to Germany.

The Bus was supposed to bring the tourists from the Hotel to the dinner. In a tight curve, the driver lost control of the with more than 50 passengers occupied the Bus that crashed then, down an embankment and into a house crashed. 25 German were injured, according to Portuguese data, in addition, two Portuguese people: the bus driver and a tourist guide.

the cause of the accident is still unclear

The exact cause of the disaster is still unclear. The Portuguese TV channel RTP reported on Friday, may the accelerator jammed and the driver tried, the ever-increasing pace to bring the Bus to a halt, he drove against a wall. A German Survivor of the accident had previously suspected brake failure. The local Prosecutor started an investigation.

The Atlantic island of Madeira is a popular tourist destination. Last year, 1.6 million visitors came to the of only 270 000 people inhabited the island. Including approximately 328'000 German tourists were the largest group, roughly on a par with British travellers. (nag/sda)

Created: 20.04.2019, 17:25 PM

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