Egypt balloon crash at popular Luxor resort kills tourist

Marsha Scott
January 5, 2018

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

About 20 people were on board when the accident occurred on Friday. The injured included tourists from Spain, South Africa and Argentina.

Egyptian authorities blamed strong winds, saying they had blown the balloon off its course and into a mountainous area.

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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A health ministry spokesman said that two of the wounded were in serious condition.

The balloon was carrying 20 people at the time of the accident.

A jihadist insurgency led by the Islamic State group has targeted tourists, including the bombing of a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from an Egyptian resort in 2015 that killed all 224 people on board.

The tourists, from Britain, France, Hong Kong, Hungary and Japan, died when the balloon plummeted to the ground after catching fire.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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