Most passengers on the bus that crashed on Madeira last Wednesday killing 29 German tourists were customers of tour operator Trendtours.
The Frankfurt-based tour operator had chartered the coach to take 51 holidaymakers on a Madeira package holiday to an evening event in Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island. Two guests with Schauinsland-Reisen were also on the bus.
A total of 29 passengers died when the coach veered off a steep road near the town of Canico and crashed down the hillside into a house. A further 27 people, including the driver and the local tour guide, were injured.
All the injured passengers, apart from one woman who is still in hospital in Funchal, have now been flown back to Germany and have undergone checks and tests at a hospital in Cologne.
Trendtours quickly sent out an emergency care team to help look after its customers on Madeira, and organised hotels and a shuttle service in Germany so relatives of injured passengers could visit them at the Cologne hospital.
Markus Daldrup, managing director of Trendtours, said: “We are grieving for the victims of the severe bus accident on Madeira. Our thoughts are with them, their relatives and the injured persons.”
Investigations are continuing into the cause of the accident. Madeira is a popular destination for German tourists due to its attractive landscapes and mild temperatures.