One tourist killed, 12 injured in air balloon crash in Egypt

Posted January 05, 2018

Holidaymakers of different nationalities, as well as Egyptian nationals, were on board the sightseeing balloon when it crash landed in western Luxor, according to state news agency MENA.

No British citizens were involved, the UK Foreign Office said. "The tourist who died was South African", BBC reported.

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The accident occurred in Luxor, in southern Egypt, which is popular with tourists due to its number of ancient temples and ruins.

One of the main attractions is the Karnak temple, which dates back thousands of years.

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The balloon was carrying 20 people at the time of the accident. The Valley of the Kings, which has dozens of ancient tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun, is located just outside the city.

Hot air balloon companies in Luxor offer the tours usually starting at sunrise.

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The deadliest crash occurred in 2013 when 19 people, mostly Asian and European tourists, were killed after the balloon caught fire in a mid-air gas explosion and plummeted 1,000 feet into a sugar cane field. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident.