Hot Air Balloon Suffers Deadly Crash in Luxor, Egypt

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A hot air balloon crash has killed one tourist and injured 12 others near Luxor, Egypt.

Egyptian Streets reports that the balloon was carrying about 20 tourists when it crashed. Those injured are currently being treated at a local hospital.

According to News1130, the Friday crash was caused by strong winds forcing the balloon off of its course above the city’s ruined temples and tombs. The incident is similar to a 2013 crash that killed 19 foreign tourists when their balloon caught fire, forcing a two-month suspension of flights. Another crash in 2016 that injured 22 tourists from China also caused a temporary halt to flights.


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ABC News reports that all of those involved in the accident are believed to be foreign tourists. The person killed was a 36-year-old woman from South Africa, while tourists from that country, Spain and Argentina were also injured. Overall, the Egyptian Ministry of Health said that 12 people were injured in the crash.

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