1 dead, 19 tourists injured in Egypt hot air balloon crash

A tourist was killed and 12 other people injured when a hot air balloon carrying tourists of various nationalities crashed near Luxor in Egypt on Friday, state-run news agency MENA reported.

No British citizens were involved, the UK Foreign Office said.

Latest reports say the deceased was from South Africa.

Those on board the flight included a number of foreign nationals along with Egyptian tourists.


In 2016, balloon flights were temporarily halted in the city after more than 20 people were injured in a similar accident. The Valley of the Kings, which has dozens of ancient tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun, is located just outside the city.

Luxor has witnessed hot air balloon accidents in past years.

Egypt's civil aviation ministry said 21 hot air balloons had taken off and landed with no incident on Friday but the one that crashed had landed too forcefully.

At least 19 tourists were killed in 2013 when the balloon in which they were travelling caught fire in Luxor. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident.


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