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South African tourist killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

South African tourist killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

A sightseeing balloon carrying foreign tourists over Luxor in Egypt has crash landed on Friday.

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Egyptian authorities blamed strong winds, saying they had blown the balloon off its course and into a mountainous area.

At least 12 people were also injured in the accident and have been hospitalized.

Those on board the flight included a number of foreign nationals from South Africa, Argentina and Spain, along with Egyptian tourists.

Hot air balloon incidents have occurred in the past over ancient Luxor.

In 2013, 19 tourists including three Brits were killed when their balloon caught fire flying over the city. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident. The tragedy came four years after a hot air balloon crash injured 13 tourists seeking an aerial view of the city.


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