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

The remains of a hot air balloon are seen on the ground near the ancient city of Luxor after a fatal crash

The injured were reportedly taken to Luxor's International Hospital for treatment.

The tourists, from Britain, France, Hong Kong, Hungary and Japan, died when the balloon plummeted to the ground after catching fire.

Hot air balloon rides were temporarily suspended in Egypt in 2016 after a crash landing led to the injuries of 22 Chinese tourists. According to Egyptian local news outlet Ahram Online, the dead tourist was a USA citizen.

Egyptian authorities blamed strong winds, saying they had blown the balloon off its course and into a mountainous area.


This is not the first hot air balloon crash recorded in the city of Luxor in the recent years. This was exacerbated by the 2015 Russian plane crash, which killed all 224 passengers and crew on board, majority Russian tourists.

The balloons, which provide spectacular views of ancient Karnak and the temples of Luxor, are now monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 metres. It is also known as the "City of Temples" in Arabic, as it houses monuments constructed by pharaohs thousands of years ago.

Egypt has recently seen a flurry of bad weather, which is expected to continue until Saturday.

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