Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist

A hot air balloon carrying foreign tourists over the southern Egyptian city of Luxor has crash-landed killing one passenger and injuring 12 others. The crash which happened on Friday is thought to have been caused by bad weather conditions which blew

Luxor governor Mahmoud Badr confirmed Friday's accident, adding that he was checking on the wellbeing of passengers at a local hospital, AFP news agency reports.

Multiple sources have told the Herald that three or four Kiwis were onboard the balloon, which plummeted to the ground near Luxor on Friday, killing a South African tourist.

Hot air balloon incidents have occurred in the past over ancient Luxor.

Egyptian authorities blamed strong winds, saying they had blown the balloon off its course and into a mountainous area.

Their nationalities were not immediately clear.




In 2016, balloon flights were temporarily halted in the city after more than 20 people were injured in a similar accident.

The hot air balloons also offer views of the Valley of the Kings, where pharaonic nobility were buried.

Luxor is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Egypt. The hot air balloon service is heavily promoted in Luxor, often mentioned as the best way to tour the city.

Currently, Egypt is witnessing unstable weather conditions. "These conditions are only available in certain seasons and in a few countries around the world, such as England, Spain, Turkey, Kenya and Egypt".

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