Sightseeing balloon crashes in Egypt's Luxor city killing one United States tourist

The unstable weather and strong winds were behind the disturbance of the hot air balloon that led to the accident, several media reported.

Egypt's health ministry confirmed the death of a South African tourist and the number of those injured but did not give further details.

Some 20 ambulances attended the scene of the accident, Egypt's state-run Mena news agency reports.

The tourist who was killed is a U.S. national, though the nationalities of the other tourists injured are still unknown, Al-Ahram reported.

The latest crash has killed a South African tourist
The latest crash has killed a South African tourist Credit AFP

In 2013, 19 people a lot of them Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion.

The balloon plunged 1,000ft into a sugar cane field.

New Zealanders are understood to have been involved in a fatal hot air balloon crash in Egypt.

Since then, balloon rides have been monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 meters.


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