Hot air balloon crash kills tourist in Luxor, Egypt


In 2016, 22 Chinese tourists were injured when their balloon crash landed, after which Egypt temporarily halted balloon rides.

It came four years after 13 foreign tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed.

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.

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.

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The mishap reportedly occurred at a time when the balloon was flying over the ancient Egyptian city. Such flights usually start before sunrise and pass over green fields leading to the Valley of the Kings - the burial site of famous boy king Tutankhamun and other pharaohs. The balloon was carrying 20 people.

Hot air balloon flights above Luxor are famous among tourists because of the spectacular views of the ancient Karnak and the temples of Luxor.

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