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Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist

Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist”

Officials in Egypt said the balloon crashed carrying the group of tourists, after strong winds forced the balloon off course. No details were immediately available on the nationalities of the victims. Of the 12 injured, two were in a serious condition, MENA said.

One of the main attractions is the Karnak temple, which dates back thousands of years.

In 2016, 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in another balloon crash, which prompted the country to temporarily halt flights while it tightened safety measures. The balloon was carrying 20 people.

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In 2013, 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. The tragedy came four years after a hot air balloon crash injured 13 tourists seeking an aerial view of the city.

After that bombing, Russian Federation imposed a ban on all flights to Egypt and Egypt's national carrier is still barred from flying to Russian Federation.

The tourist who was killed is a USA national, though the nationalities of the other tourists injured are still unknown, Al-Ahram reported.



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