One tourist killed in Luxor hot air balloon crash

One Tourist Killed, Several Injured In Luxor Hot Air Balloon Crash

One person was killed and 12 other people were injured when a hot air balloon carring about 20 people crashed near Egypt's ancient city of Luxor on Friday, a health ministry official said. Luxor Governor Mahmoud Badr said a statement about the incident would be released shortly, AFP reported.

According to a security source that spoke to Ahram Arabic website, the hot-air balloon crashed due to strong wind.

In 2013, 19 people a lot of them Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion.

Those on board the flight included a number of foreign nationals from South Africa, Argentina and Spain, along with Egyptian tourists.

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The balloon was carrying both Egyptians and foreign tourists, with the nationality of the latter not yet having been disclosed.

Sixteen people were injured in a Luxor hot air balloon flight in 2011 as well.

Luxor has suffered a series of hot air balloon accidents.

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