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Holidaymaker killed in hot air balloon crash in Luxor

Holidaymaker killed in hot air balloon crash in Luxor

Spokesman of Egypt's Ministry of Health Jaled Migahet confirmed the deceased was 36 years of age, though he refused to comment on the nationality of the victim. Of the 12 injured, two were in a serious condition, MENA said.

It came four years after 13 foreign tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed.

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. Luxor Governor Mahmoud Badr said a statement about the incident would be released shortly, according to AFP.

Hot air balloon crashes have occurred in the region before.

Pitbull put down after fatal attack in Bell County, Kentucky
A Kentucky man was arrested after his two pit bulls killed a woman and injured her husband in his neighborhood on Christmas Eve. It is unclear what drove the dogs to attack their neighbors, but experts say it's unlikely that pit bulls just turn bad.


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

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

Balloon rides are monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 meters.

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


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