Tourist killed and 12 injured after HORROR balloon crash

A hot air-balloon

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

The balloon was carrying tourists from different nationalities and Egyptians. The deceased was identified as a 36-year-old South African woman, state-run Al Ahram reported.

Officials in Egypt said the balloon crashed carrying the group of tourists, after strong winds forced the balloon off course.

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.

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The balloons, which provide spectacular views of ancient Karnak and the temples of Luxor, are now monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 metres.

In 2016, hot air balloon rides were temporarily suspended in Egypt after a crash led to 22 Chinese tourists being injured.

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

Those on board the flight included a number of foreign nationals from South Africa, Argentina and Spain, along with Egyptian tourists.

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