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Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist

05 January 2018
Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist

A health ministry spokesman said that two of the wounded were in serious condition.

The Egyptian Aviation Authority confirmed 19 people were injured in the crash, which took place at about 7:30 a.m. local time.

A jihadist insurgency led by the Islamic State (IS) has targeted tourists, including bombing a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from an Egyptian resort in 2015 that killed all 224 people on board. According to the reports, the incident was caused by strong winds.

The tourist who was killed is a USA national, though the nationalities of the other tourists injured are still unknown, Al-Ahram reported.

The crash, to the west of the city of Luxor, happened due to bad weather conditions, the news agency said, according to Reuters.

New Zealanders are understood to have been involved in a fatal hot air balloon crash in Egypt. Also, balloons are now monitored by 22 cameras during the flight, San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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