Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

The Egyptian authorities have yet to comment on the incident. Of the 12 injured, two were in a serious condition, MENA said.

Luxor governor Mahmoud Badr confirmed the incident, adding that he visited the injured tourists who are now being treated at hospital, according to the BBC, citing AFP.

High wind speeds over Luxor caused the balloon to crash, killing one foreign passenger and injuring seven others, according to reports in the local media. He was expected to release an official statement.

The tourists, from Britain, France, Hong Kong, Hungary and Japan, died when the balloon plummeted to the ground after catching fire.

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Their nationalities were not immediately clear. No other details regarding the incident were available, KLMTY reported.

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

The deadliest balloon crash in history occurred in February 2013 in Luxor, when 19 people were killed. In 2016, Egypt temporarily halted balloon flights after 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in a crash landing of their hot air balloon.

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