Woman killed and 12 injured in Egypt hot air balloon crash

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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 was carrying both Egyptians and foreign tourists, with the nationality of the latter not yet having been disclosed. Luxor Governor Mahmoud Badr said a statement about the incident would be released shortly, according to AFP. According to the reports, the incident was caused by strong winds.

The pilot and one tourist survived by jumping from the balloon, officials said at the time.

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

The injured have been transferred to Luxor International hospital local media have said
The injured have been transferred to Luxor International hospital local media have said

In 2013, 19 tourists were killed when a hot air balloon caught fire in Luxor.

In 2016, balloon flights were temporarily halted in the city after more than 20 people were injured in a similar accident.

The service was resumed after new rules and regulations were put in place, which banned the balloons from flying above 2,000 meters (1.2 miles) above the surface. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident.

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