The tragic accident in which an Indonesian Air Force transport aircraft crashed, killing at least 95 people, prompted Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to send the following letter of condolence today (20 May) to his Indonesian counterpart Hassan Wirajuda:
"We are deeply shocked and saddened at the news and pictures of the Indonesian Air Force transport aircraft crash on Java which has cost so many lives.
Allow me, also on behalf of my fellow Germans, to express my profound sympathy and condolences. At this difficult time, our thoughts are with those who have lost family members and friends in this disaster. We wish the injured a speedy and complete recovery."