One tourist killed in Luxor hot air balloon crash

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

The balloon, with tourists from different nationalities and Egyptians onboard, crashed to the west of the city of Luxor, MENA said.

According to Spanish new outlet Eldia, four of the 12 tourists injured in the crash were from Spain.

The body of the deceased American tourist and the seven other injured were transferred to Luxor International Hospital.

In 2009, 13 tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed.

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Officials said the pilot lost control after strong winds forced the balloon off course around 45 minutes into the flight.

Another 12 tourists who were on board were reported to not to be hurt.

This is not the first hot air balloon crash recorded in the city of Luxor in the recent years.

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

The deadliest balloon crash in history occurred in February 2013 in Luxor, when 19 people were killed.

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