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Hot air balloon crash kills tourist in Luxor, Egypt

05 January 2018, 12:41 | Simon Arnold

Balloons are a familiar sight over Luxor Credit getty

Balloons are a familiar sight over Luxor
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getty

A hot air balloon carrying around 20 people, including tourists, has crashed near Egypt's city of Luxor and at least one person has reportedly been killed, according to security and medical officials.

Another 12 tourists who were on board were reported to not to be hurt.

The latest crash has killed a South African tourist
The latest crash has killed a South African tourist Credit AFP

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.

The crash happened in Luxor, a popular tourist destination on the banks of the Nile River in southern Egypt.


In 2016, hot air balloon rides were temporarily suspended in Egypt after a crash led to 22 Chinese tourists being injured.

Hot air balloon flights above Luxor are famous among tourists because of the spectacular views of the ancient Karnak and the temples of Luxor.


In 2013, 19 foreign tourists were killed when their balloon caught fire.

After that bombing, Russian Federation imposed a ban on all flights to Egypt and Egypt's national carrier is still barred from flying to Russian Federation.




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