German plane evacuated Madeira bus crash survivors

Portuguese authorities say that a German army plane has evacuated 12 German tourists who survived this week's bus accident on the island of Madeira that claimed 29 lives

FUNCHAL, Portugal -- A German army plane has evacuated 12 German tourists who survived this weeks bus accident on the island of Madeira that claimed 29 lives, Portuguese authorities said Saturday.

The regional health authorities for Madeira said the patients were taken on board the German military plane at the Cristiano Ronaldo international airport.

One German survivor remains in the hospital in the islands capital, Funchal. Another German injured in the crash was flown out on Friday.

The bus plummeted down a slope in Wednesdays crash, killing 29 people, all German nationals, in the coastal town of Canico.

The bus driver and a tourist guide, both Portuguese, also remain in the hospital. Eleven other people hurt in the crash had been discharged by Friday.

The causes of the crash are being investigated.

Madeira, an important European tourist destination, is located 580 miles (935 kilometers) east of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean.