S. African tourist killed in Egypt balloon crash, 12 injured

The incident comes after 19 people - mostly Asian and European tourists - were killed near the same city in a hot air balloon crash in 2013, when it caught fire in a mid-air gas explosion. No details were immediately available on the nationalities of the victims.

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

Twenty people had been on board, it said, adding that weather conditions had conformed to flight standards.

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

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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.

In 2016, Egypt temporarily halted balloon flights after 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in a crash landing of their hot air balloon.

In 2009, 13 tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed. The balloon was carrying 20 people.


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