1 dead, 19 tourists injured in Egypt hot air balloon crash

Casey Dawson
January 5, 2018

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

The tourist who was killed is a U.S. national, though the nationalities of the other tourists injured are still unknown, Al-Ahram reported. The deceased was identified as a 36-year-old South African woman, state-run Al Ahram reported.

There were reports that up to 12 people were injured. Luxor Governor Mahmoud Badr said a statement about the incident would be released shortly, according to AFP.

Luxor has witnessed hot air balloon accidents in past years.

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

In 2013, 19 foreign tourists were killed when their balloon caught fire.

Sixteen people were injured in a Luxor hot air balloon flight in 2011 as well.

Other balloons had taken off around the same time but landed safely, the officials added, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The Valley of the Kings, which has dozens of ancient tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun, is located just outside the city.

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