26 February 2013

Egypt: PM Follows Up Hot Air Balloon Crash in Luxor

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

Prime Minister Hisham Qandil phoned on Tuesday 26/2/2013 Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad to stand on the repercussions of the hot air balloon crash in the governorate that left 19 tourists dead and two others, including the balloon's pilot, injured.

In statements, Cabinet spokesman Alaa el-Hadidi said that a technical committee from the Civil Aviation Ministry was formed to find the cause of the crash.

Meanwhile, the Tourism ministry expressed condolences with families of victims of the air balloon that exploded near Luxor.

The ministry has formed a committee to follow up the accident, Mahfouz

Ali of the minister's office said.

Nineteen tourists were killed when the balloon crashed. The balloon was flying at 300m when it caught fire and exploded. Two people, including the balloon's pilot, reportedly survived the crash.

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