Hot air balloon crash kills tourist in Luxor, Egypt

The remains of a hot air balloon on the ground near the ancient city of Luxor after a fatal crash

There were reports that up to 12 people were injured.

The Egyptian Aviation Authority confirmed 19 people were injured in the crash, which took place at about 7:30 a.m. local time.

The remains of a hot air balloon is seen on the ground near the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt after a fatal crash today.

A number of officials who have been quoted by Al-Ahram on condition of anonymity said the incident was caused by strong winds that caused the balloon to fall.

The injured are being treated at Luxor International Hospital. Luxor Governor Mahmoud Badr said a statement about the incident would be released shortly, according to AFP. The injured included tourists from Spain, South Africa and Argentina.

Hot air balloon companies in Luxor offer the tours usually starting at sunrise.

In 2015, at least 19 people, a lot of them Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion.

Since then, balloon rides are monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 meters.



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