Foreign Minister Steinmeier made the following comments on the evening of 24 March after arriving at the plane crash site, flying over the crash scene and being briefed on the situation by French security forces:
The crash site is a picture of horror. The grief of the families and loved ones is immeasurable. We must now lend them our support. We are united in our profound grief.
On behalf of the German Government, I want to thank France’s Interior Minister Cazeneuve, Transport Minister Royal and all members of the French emergency services for their exemplary efforts.