Egypt hot air balloon crash: casualties reported

Egypt hot air balloon crash: casualties reported

The injured included tourists from Spain, South Africa and Argentina. The deceased was identified as a 36-year-old South African woman, state-run Al Ahram reported.

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.

The balloon was carrying 20 people at the time of the accident.

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.

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Hot air balloon incidents have occurred in the past over ancient Luxor. The Valley of the Kings, which has dozens of ancient tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun, is located just outside the city.

In 2015, at least 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 2009, 13 tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed.

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