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    Egypt: Hot air balloon crash kills at least 18 foreign tourists in Luxor

    Egypt: Hot air balloon crash kills at least 18 foreign tourists in Luxor

    Egypt: Hot air balloon crash kills at least 18 foreign tourists in Luxor (VIDEO)

    At least 18 foreign tourists were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt.


    Tourist hot air balloons float during dawn across Egypt's Valley of the Kings, near Luxor on November 15, 2007. (CHARLES ONIANS/AFP/Getty Images)

    At least 18 foreign tourists were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt on Tuesday. Luxor's governor has now banned the use of hot air balloons in the province, AFP reported.

    A reported 21 people were in the balloon when it plummeted almost 1,000 feet near the Nile resort town, apparently after a gas explosion, CNN said, citing EgyNews reports. Three people reportedly survived the harrowing crash, including the balloon's pilot.

    Al-Ahram online cited a source at Sky Cruise who said the hose attached to the gas tanks was cut by workers tugging the rope of the balloon during landing.

    According to Reuters, Ahmed Aboud, a spokesman for companies that operate balloon flights in the area, said:
    "There were 20 passengers aboard. An explosion happened and 19 passengers died. One tourist and the pilot survived."
    However, there have been conflicting reports over the death toll, as well as the nationalities of the people onboard. The Egyptian health ministry said that 14 people had died and that four people were missing, AFP reported.

    According to CNN, the dead included nine tourists from Hong Kong, four from Japan, three from Britain, two from France and one from Hungary.

    The Associated Press reported that three people — two tourists and one Egyptian — survived the crash and were taken to a local hospital.

    The BBC cited a witness as saying passengers were jumping out of the balloon as it fell, "from about the height of a seven-story building."

    Luxor has been a popular spot for hot air ballooning, with visitors coming to see Pharaonic temples and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, including that of Tutankhamen.

    Six Colombians and a British national were injured on February 26, 2008, when their hot air balloons crashed around Luxor.

    It's unclear how long the new ban on hot air balloons might last.


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    Tourists die in Egypt hot-air balloon crash



    Published on Feb 26, 2013

    Nineteen tourists have died in a hot air balloon crash near the historic city of Luxor. Witnesses say the balloon caught fire and exploded mid flight. Two people survived, including the pilot. Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reports from Cairo.
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    Hot air balloon crash kills 19 in Egypt - PhotoBlog

    Hot air balloon crash kills 19 in Egypt


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    Egyptians gather at the site of a balloon crash where the debris from the burned gondola rests, outside al-Dhabaa village, just west of the city of Luxor on Feb. 26.


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    Rescue workers remove a body from the scene of a balloon crash outside al-Dhabaa village, just west of the city of Luxor, 320 miles south of Cairo, on Feb. 26.

    By Ayman Mohyeldin, Charlene Gubash and John Newland, NBC News


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    Balloons float in the air in Luxor before another balloon crashed on Feb. 26.

    A hot air balloon carrying foreign tourists caught on fire while it was in the air near Egypt's ancient city of Luxor, killing 19 people, officials said Tuesday.

    The blazing balloon crashed to the ground early Tuesday morning, Gen. Mamdough Khaled, director of security for Luxor Governorate said in a statement, according to initial reports.

    Khaled said that Luxor International Hospital had received 19 badly burned bodies. Health officials initially said 18 people died, but later said one injured person had succumbed to their injuries. Continue reading.


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    Egyptians work at the site where a a hot air balloon crashed, in a field next to the southern Egyptian town of Luxor, on Feb. 26.


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    An Egyptian rescue worker collects remains near the scene of a balloon crash outside al-Dhabaa village, just west of the city of Luxor on Feb. 26.

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    Quite terrifying footage of the balloon falling, from a distance

    Can't embed it....click the link to view....

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    Poor Devils.


    Don't get how even only 2 survived that. Horrific . R.I.P all. Never liked the idea of those balloons, I know I'd never feel safe in one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yortyiam View Post
    Poor Devils.


    Don't get how even only 2 survived that. Horrific . R.I.P all. Never liked the idea of those balloons, I know I'd never feel safe in one.
    I would think that after this tragedy neither would any one else , accident?, maybe , maybe not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Two people survived, including the pilot.
    apparently the pilot and co-pilot jumped out and saved themselves.

    good of them.

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    probably poorly maintained, the usual in third world shit holes

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    A Brit survived. The man who died later in the Hospital was also a Brit. Looks like the problems started just a few metres above the ground when a landing rope got tangled up. The pilot and the Brit jumped, and that caused the balloon to rise again. Since the pilot has severe burns, the fire must have started when the balloon was landing.

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