Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

26 February 2013

Egypt: Hot Air Balloon Explosion Kills 14 Tourists in Egypt - Ministry Of Health

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Hot air balloon ride in Luxor, Egypt (file photo).

Egypt's health ministry said on Tuesday that 14 people were killed, two were injured while four went missing in a Luxor hot air balloon explosion on Tuesday, reported the state news agency.

A medical team was sent to the site on Tuesday morning to watch the unfolding developments while the two injured survivors were transferred to a hospital for treatment.

An Aswat Masriya reporter had said that 16 people were killed leaving the rest of the 21 passengers on board injured while a spokesman of the balloon company had told Reuters that 19 tourists were killed while only the guide and one tourist survived in the mid-air explosion at about 300 meters high.

A security source told the state news agency earlier that 19 tourists from Britain, France, Japan and Hong Kong were killed in the deadly crash.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hisham Kandil has ordered an investigation by experts in the accident to avoid similar crashes in the future.

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