Most survivors of madeira bus disaster back in germany. Three days after the accident with 29 dead, the 15 injured were brought from the portuguese vacation island to colonia by a special plane of the german armed forces.
North rhine-westphalia’s minister president armin laschet (CDU) buried the injured in the military section of the airport in koln-wahn, according to the state chancellery.
The survivors on board the plane are from north rhine-westphalia, thuringia, saxony-anhalt and baden-wurttemberg, according to the city of koln. The rescue service of the cathedral city is ready with its teams and vehicles for the further transport of the variously severely injured. The identity of the 29 dead was still not conclusive after the autopsy. Likewise there were still no final statements to the cause of the accident.
Several ambulances were driven to the airport in convoy before the plane landed. According to the air force, the plane arrived in colonia shortly after 5 p.M. Laschet thanked the rescuers, doctors and crew of the airbus "medevac" flying intensive care unit.
A german woman was not yet fit for transport and had to stay in hospital for the time being. Nelio mendonca to remain in funchal, portuguese media cited the authorities. For "medical reasons" she has not yet been given permission to travel home. The driver of the bus and the tour guide, both portuguese, are also still in the hospital.
The accident in madeira on wednesday evening claimed the lives of 29 passengers on the coach and left 27 injured. Seven of those affected were planning to return home on normal flights, according to tour operator trendtours.
"Regardless of the injured, the first guests are flying back today," a spokesman said. In the coming days, more guests are to follow. They are free to leave when they wish. "We have reserved sufficient flight contingents for our guests," it said. The tour operator trendtours has reserved hotel rooms there for members of the injured who will be flown back to poland by the german armed forces.
For reasons that are still not clear, the coach left the road on wednesday evening, overturned on a slope and crashed into a house. The accident occurred only a few minutes after the bus had left the hotel "quinta splendida" in the town of canico near funchal. Either a jammed accelerator pedal or a brake failure are considered possible causes of the disaster. However, investigation continues.
Meanwhile, forensic experts on the atlantic island have completed the autopsy of the 29 dead. The autopsy of the victims, most of whom were from germany, was carried out by the national institute of legal medicine and forensic sciences (INMLCF) in collaboration with the police, portuguese media quoted a statement from the ministry of justice on friday evening.
During the day, however, files with fingerprints and dental data were still expected from germany, which should allow the final identification of the dead, it said. When details of the victims and their places of origin in germany are to be announced initially remained unclear.
In the morning, ambulances had gradually driven the injured from the clinic to the hospital plane. Teams of doctors from portugal and germany were on duty in the ambulances, it was reported. The vehicles were accompanied by the police and civil defense. The germans were taken to the airbus on a stretcher. After about two hours, all the injured were on the plane.
The airbus A310 medevac is the flying intensive care unit of the german armed forces. The air force calls the machine "an important link in the rescue chain for the medical evacuation of severely and most seriously injured persons over rough distances". There are up to six places on board for intensive medical treatment. In addition, there are 38 other beds, 16 of which are under close medical supervision with monitors. The medical crew can pay for up to 25 people.
Madeira was still in shock after the tragedy. On good friday, survivors and their relatives participated in a memorial service in funchal. The pastor of the german-speaking protestant church on the atlantic island, ilse everlien berardo, had invited people to the funeral service.
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