Egypt Hot Air Balloon Crash Kills at Least 19 Tourists

February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 10:21
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At least 19 tourists have been killed in a hot air balloon crash near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, according to international media.

NBC News quoted a Luxor health official as saying that the victims include nine from Hong Kong, four from Japan, two from the United Kingdom and two from France, with two yet to be identified.

The balloon was flying at 300 m (1 000 ft) when it caught fire and exploded, plunging onto fields west of Luxor, according to officials.

The BBC says that two people, including the balloon's pilot, reportedly survived the crash.

Balloon rides that offer scenic aerial views of the Nile River and the ancient temples of Karnak and Hatshepsut are a popular tourist attraction in Luxor.


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