Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

One tourist killed, 12 injured in hot-air balloon crash in Egypt

One tourist killed, 12 injured in hot-air balloon crash in Egypt

The crash happened in Luxor, a popular tourist destination on the banks of the Nile River in southern Egypt.

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

The injured are being treated at Luxor International Hospital.

A health ministry spokesman said that two of the wounded were in serious condition.

The hot air balloons also offer views of the Valley of the Kings, where pharaonic nobility were buried.

Luxor has witnessed hot air balloon accidents in past years.

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

At least 19 tourists were killed in 2013 when the balloon in which they were travelling caught fire in Luxor.

A fact-finding committee later found that the accident was probably caused by a gas leak near the burner, sparking a blaze that spread throughout the balloon.

The deadly incident in 2013 was the result of an explosion mid-flight and involved tourists from the UK, France, Hong Kong and Japan.

About 20 people were on board when the accident occurred on Friday.

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