Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist

Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist

Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist

Friday's accident comes as the government tries to woo back tourists following years of unrest that drove them away. However, the one who lost her life in the incident was from South Africa.

The crash was caused by strong winds that led the driver to lose control over the balloon as he was landing, according to the governor's statement.

Twenty people had been on board, it said, adding that weather conditions had conformed to flight standards.

No British citizens were involved, the UK Foreign Office said.

Those on board the flight included a number of foreign nationals along with Egyptian tourists.

The latest crash has killed a South African tourist
The latest crash has killed a South African tourist Credit AFP

Some 20 ambulances attended the scene of the accident, Egypt's state-run Mena news agency reports.

Sixteen people were injured in a Luxor hot air balloon flight in 2011 as well.

In 2016, hot air balloon rides were temporarily suspended in Egypt after a crash led to 22 Chinese tourists being injured.

The tourists, from Britain, France, Hong Kong, Hungary and Japan, died when the balloon plummeted to the ground after catching fire.

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