Hot-air balloon crash kills tourist in southern Egypt
Jan 05 2018
Egypt's health ministry confirmed the death of a South African tourist and the number of those injured but did not give further details.
The tragedy came four years after a hot air balloon crash injured 13 tourists seeking an aerial view of the city.
The flight crash-landed west of the city on a desert road on Friday morning after strong winds blew the balloon off course above the city's temples and tombs.
In 2013, Egypt witnessed one of the deadliest balloon crashes when a balloon flying over Luxor caught fire and plunged about 1,000ft (305m) to the ground, crashing into a sugar cane field killing at least 19 foreign tourists. The balloon was carrying 20 people.
Luxor governor Mahmoud Badr confirmed the incident, adding that he visited the injured tourists who are now being treated at hospital, according to the BBC, citing AFP.
Hot air balloon companies in Luxor offer the tours usually starting at sunrise. The crash killed one passenger and injured seven others, according to initial reports. Also, balloons are now monitored by 22 cameras during the flight, San Francisco Chronicle reported.