Balloon crash at Egyptian city of Luxor kills tourist

Laura Christensen
January 5, 2018

No British citizens were involved, the UK Foreign Office said.

The health ministry said a woman was killed and 12 people injured but gave no further details.

The tourist who was killed is a United States national, though the nationalities of the other tourists injured are still unknown, Al-Ahram reported.

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.

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The mishap reportedly occurred at a time when the balloon was flying over the ancient Egyptian city.

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

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. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident.

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

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