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A Czech military aircraft, sent to Croatia to take home injured passengers in a fatal bus crash carrying Czech tourists on Saturday, has flown from Croatia's captial Zagreb last night (Sun) with 23 Czech tourists aboard, reports daily newspaper 24sata.
A special vehicle with a crane loaded the six passengers who need to lie down onto the plane, whilst other passengers waited in the VIP lounge at the airport before the flight and were examined by doctors. Most of the luggage of the Czech passengers had been destroyed in the crash.
Eight passengers died and more than 40 others were injured when a Czech bus, driving Czech tourists towards the Croatian coast for a holiday, crashed into a safety fence on the Zagreb-Split motorway near the Krpani tunnel in the Zadar hinterland at about 3.50 am on Saturday morning. A seven-year-old child was among the fatalities.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of both Croatia and the Czech Republic have arranged for the transportation of the Czech citizens back to the Czech Republic.
"None of the patients who will travel by plane have their lifes at risk or are in need of intensive care, but there will be six patients, because of their injuries, who will be transported in the supine position. Besides having a medical team on board, the airplane is equipped for intensive care situations," said Maja Bujevic Grba, director of the Institute of Emergency Medicine.
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