Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist

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

One tourist is dead and over a dozen more were injured in a hot air balloon crash in Egypt on Friday, the latest balloon accident in a number of tragedies in the popular tourist region of Luxor over the past few years.

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.

The ancient city of Luxor, which lies on the banks of the River Nile in the south of Egypt, has always been a popular tourist destination due to its archaeological sites.

Strong winds led to the crash, causing the balloon to veer off course about 45 minutes into the flight, officials said. Of the 12 injured, two were in a serious condition, MENA said. The Karnak Temple Complex, which dates back to around 2000 B.C., is located within the modern-day city.

Sixteen people were injured in a Luxor hot air balloon flight in 2011 as well.

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

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

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

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