S. African tourist killed in Egypt balloon crash, 12 injured

Hot-Air Balloon

A hot air balloon carrying around 20 people including tourists crashed near Egypt's ancient city of Luxor on Friday, security and medical officials said.

The remaining 12 tourists were unhurt.

The pilot and one tourist survived by jumping from the balloon, officials said at the time.

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The crash happened in Luxor, a popular tourist destination on the banks of the Nile River in southern Egypt.

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

The unstable weather and strong winds were behind the disturbance of the hot air balloon that led to the accident, several media reported.

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Over the years, Egypt has tightened safety rules for balloon rides, which are now monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 metres.

Egypt has been battling to revive the badly-affected tourism sector after years of political turmoil, that followed the 25 January uprising.

Those on board the flight included a number of foreign nationals along with Egyptian tourists.

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