Hot air balloon carrying tourists in Egypt crashes

Saul Bowman
January 5, 2018

The remaining 12 tourists were unhurt.

The nationalities of the injured were not immediately clear.

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

Luxor has suffered a series of hot air balloon accidents.

The injured have been transferred to Luxor International hospital local media have said
The injured have been transferred to Luxor International hospital local media have said

In 2013, 19 tourists, including nine from Hong Kong, were killed when their balloon caught fire.

Since then, balloon rides have been monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 meters. The Valley of the Kings, which has dozens of ancient tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun, is located just outside the city.

In 2009, 13 tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed.

Egypt has been battling to revive the badly-affected tourism sector after years of political turmoil, that followed the 25 January uprising.

A jihadist insurgency led by the Islamic State group has targeted tourists, including the bombing of a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from an Egyptian resort in 2015 that killed all 224 people on board.


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