Hot air balloon crashes in Egypt, 1 tourist killed


A hot air balloon with foreign tourists sightseeing over the southern city of Luxor crash landed on Friday, killing one tourist and injuring seven others, Egyptian officials said.

The pilot and one tourist survived by jumping from the balloon, officials said at the time. The deceased was identified as a 36-year-old South African woman, state-run Al Ahram reported.

At least 12 people were also injured in the accident and have been hospitalized.

The crash was caused by strong winds that led the driver to lose control over the balloon as he was landing, according to the governor's statement.

Luxor has suffered a series of hot air balloon accidents. The Valley of the Kings, which has dozens of ancient tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun, is located just outside the city.

This was exacerbated by the 2015 Russian plane crash, which killed all 224 passengers and crew on board, majority Russian tourists.

Hot air balloon flights above Luxor are famous among tourists because of the spectacular views of the ancient Karnak and the temples of Luxor.