Hot air balloon crashes in Egypt, 1 tourist killed

Hot air balloon crashes in Egypt, 1 tourist killed

The balloon was carrying both Egyptians and foreign tourists, with the nationality of the latter not yet having been disclosed.

Another 12 tourists who were on board were reported to not to be hurt.

A fact-finding committee later found that the accident was probably caused by a gas leak near the burner, sparking a blaze that spread throughout the balloon.

The crash happened in Luxor, a popular tourist destination on the banks of the Nile River in southern Egypt.

New Zealanders are understood to have been involved in a fatal hot air balloon crash in Egypt.

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

Sixteen people were injured in a Luxor hot air balloon flight in 2011 as well. Such flights usually start before sunrise and pass over green fields leading to the Valley of the Kings - the burial site of famous boy king Tutankhamun and other pharaohs.

Egypt has been battling to revive the badly-affected tourism sector after years of political turmoil, that followed the 25 January uprising.

The deadliest balloon crash in history occurred in February 2013 in Luxor, when 19 people were killed.