One Tourist Killed, Several Injured In Luxor Hot Air Balloon Crash

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A 36-year-old woman has died and a dozen other tourists were injured in a hot air balloon crash in Egypt.

About 20 people were on board when the accident occurred on Friday. Luxor Governor Mahmoud Badr said a statement about the incident would be released shortly, according to AFP.

Egyptian authorities blamed strong winds, saying they had blown the balloon off its course and into a mountainous area. The injured included tourists from Spain, South Africa and Argentina.

In a similar incident in 2013, 19 tourists from Europe and Asia, were killed when a sightseeing balloon caught fire in Luxor.

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

Hot air balloon rides were temporarily suspended in Egypt in 2016 after a crash landing led to the injuries of 22 Chinese tourists.

Sixteen people were injured in a Luxor hot air balloon flight in 2011 as well.