Woman killed and 12 injured in Egypt hot air balloon crash

At least one tourist was killed and several others were injured after a hot air balloon carrying about 20 tourists crashed near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, according to state news agency MENA.

All of those involved in the accident are believed to be foreign tourists.

Strong winds led to the crash, causing the balloon to veer off course about 45 minutes into the flight, officials said. The Karnak Temple Complex, which dates back to around 2000 B.C., is located within the modern-day city.

Luxor has witnessed hot air balloon accidents in past years.

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The balloon was carrying 20 people at the time of the accident.

Egypt's civil aviation ministry said 21 hot air balloons had taken off and landed with no incident on Friday but the one that crashed had landed too forcefully.

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

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

  • Adam Floyd