Hot air balloon carrying tourists in Egypt crashes

Hot air balloon carrying tourists in Egypt crashes

Hot air balloon carrying tourists in Egypt crashes

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

At least seven people were also injured in the accident and have been hospitalised.

Egypt's health ministry confirmed the death of a South African tourist and the number of those injured but did not give further details.

Several Australians were on board the hot air balloon at the time of the crash. Source Getty
Several Australians were on board the hot air balloon at the time of the crash. Source Getty

According to a security source that spoke to Ahram Arabic website, the hot-air balloon crashed due to strong wind. The Karnak Temple Complex, which dates back to around 2000 B.C., is located within the modern-day city.

This was exacerbated by the 2015 Russian plane crash, which killed all 224 passengers and crew on board, a lot of them Russian tourists.

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

Hot air balloon crashes have occurred in the region before.

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