Hot air balloon crashes in Egypt, 1 tourist killed

One Tourist Killed, Several Injured In Luxor Hot Air Balloon Crash

The tourist who died was South African.

She declined to comment on whether Kiwis were onboard.

An Australian woman onboard the balloon reported on Facebook that she had "bumps and bruises" after the crash, and would "probably never set foot in another hot balloon ever again".

The incident was caused by strong winds that forced the balloon off its course above the city's temples and tombs.

No British citizens were involved, the UK Foreign Office said. It is understood tourists of various nationalities were on board.

Some 20 ambulances attended the scene of the accident, Egypt's state-run Mena news agency reports.

In 2013, 19 people majority Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion. 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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