German authorities pledge aid to families of Russian plane crash victims

The authorities of the southern German State of Baden-Wurttemberg have assured they will provide accommodation and support for the families of all the victims of Tuesday's midair plane collision over the state's territory. A Tu-154 passenger jetliner, of the Bashkirian Airlines, collided with a Boeing 757 cargo plane, operated by the DHL international delivery service. The accident claimed the lives of over 70 people, including 52 children from Bashkiria, who were flying to Barcelona for a vacation. State authorities have promised to assist the families in every possible way, including aid with visas and medical and psychological care, the Russian Embassy in Berlin told the RIA news agency by phone.

Officers at the Baden-Wurttemburg police department have said to RIA that all necessary arrangements have already been made to receive the relatives. Those willing will be taken to the crash scene, unless found by doctors not strong enough psychologically to stand the shock.

Over 130 relatives have already expressed their desire to go to Germany, reports RIA Novosti's correspondent in the capital of Bashkiria, Ufa. The republican government has undertaken to cover all travel costs. A medical consultation will be provided for the family members so as to avoid nervous breakdowns and heart attacks. Physicians and psychologists will be accompanying them on their distressing trip.

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