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Hot air balloon crashes in Luxor; 1 tourist killed

A sightseeing balloon carrying foreign tourists over the southern Egyptian city of Luxor crashed Friday, killing one tourist and injuring 12.

Egyptian authorities said the incident was caused by strong winds that forced the balloon off its course above the city’s pharaonic temples and tombs.

Authorities said the killed tourist was a South African national, a 36-year-old woman.

Egypt’s state-run news agency MENA said of the 12 injured, two were seriously hurt.

After losing control of the ballon, the pilot crash-landed it in a mountainous area.

Hot air balloon incidents have occurred in the past over ancient Luxor:

– In 2013, 19 foreign tourists were killed when their balloon caught fire.

– In 2016, Egypt temporarily halted balloon flights after 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in a crash landing of their hot air balloon.

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