Holidaymaker killed in hot air balloon crash in Luxor

One Tourist Killed, Several Injured In Luxor Hot Air Balloon Crash

The balloon, with tourists from different nationalities and Egyptians onboard, crashed to the west of the city of Luxor, MENA said.

Friday's accident comes as the government tries to woo back tourists following years of unrest that drove them away. The injured included tourists from Spain, South Africa and Argentina.

Luxor governor Mahmoud Badr confirmed the incident, adding that he visited the injured tourists who are now being treated at hospital, according to the BBC, citing AFP.

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

In 2016, balloon flights were temporarily halted in the city after more than 20 people were injured in a similar accident.

In 2013, 19 tourists including three Brits were killed when their balloon caught fire flying over the city.

Luxor has witnessed hot air balloon accidents in past years.

The deadly incident in 2013 was the result of an explosion mid-flight and involved tourists from the UK, France, Hong Kong and Japan.

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