Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Minsk today (29 November) on the crash of a Brazilian passenger plane in Colombia:
This is terrible and particularly chilling news. Along with many other passengers and crew members, almost all of the players of the Brazilian first division football team Chapecoense were killed in the crash. They were en route to the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana, which they had long prepared for with hard work and perseverance.
We share the grief of the people in Brazil and all of Latin America for whom this news is a tremendous shock.
Our thoughts are with the victims of this tragic crash, as well as with their families and friends.