Tourist killed in Egypt balloon crash, 12 injured

A South African tourist was killed and 12 other people were injured when a hot air balloon crashed near Egypt's ancient city of Luxor on Friday (January 5th), AFP reported.

Sharif Wadie, the assistant health minister in charge of emergency services, said there were no other casualties.

The nationalities of the injured were not immediately clear.

Egypt's civil aviation ministry said 21 hot air balloons had taken off and landed with no incident on Friday but the one that crashed had landed too forcefully.

Twenty people had been on board, it said, adding that weather conditions had conformed to flight standards.

Tourists often take early morning hot air balloon rides over the city and the ancient Egyptian temples and relics, including the Karnak temple.

The government had previously suspended the rides after two crashes in four years.

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