26 February 2013

Egypt: Hot Air Balloon Crash - 19 Killed

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

Cairo — At least 19 foreign tourists were killed when a hot air balloon exploded and plummeted from the sky in southern Egypt, state-run Nile TV reported.

An Egyptian security official said there was a fire and an explosion, the balloon then plunged from the sky and crashed into sugar cane fields west of Luxor 510 kilometers (320 miles) south of Cairo on Tuesday.

A total of 21 people were in the balloon, two Egyptians and 19 foreign tourists: nine from Hong Kong; four from Japan; two from Belgium; two from Britain and two from France.

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