1 killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

Jan 05, 2018, 12:26
1 killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

A woman was killed and 19 others were injured Friday morning when a hot air balloon crashed in Egypt, according to authorities.

Sharif Wadie, the assistant health minister in charge of emergency services, told AFP there were no other casualties but did not elaborate on the extent of the passengers' injuries.

Strong winds led to the crash, causing the balloon to veer off course about 45 minutes into the flight, officials said.

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The nationalities of the injured were not immediately clear.

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

In 2013, 19 tourists were killed when a hot air balloon caught fire in Luxor.

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Hot air balloon crashes have occurred in the region before. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident.

Friday's accident comes as the government tries to woo back tourists following years of unrest that drove them away.

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

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

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