S African tourist killed in Egypt balloon crash, 12 injured: ministry official

Luxor governor Mahmoud Badr confirmed the accident


Afp January 05, 2018
A hot air-balloon. PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO: A South African tourist was killed and 12 other people were injured when a hot air balloon crashed near Egypt's ancient city of Luxor on Friday, a health ministry official said.

Luxor governor Mahmoud Badr confirmed the accident, telling he was at a hospital in the city checking on passengers taken there, and that a statement would be released soon.

He did not say whether there were any further casualties.

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In 2013, a hot air balloon caught fire in mid-flight over Luxor, killing 19 tourists.

The accident was later blamed on a gas leak.

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

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