Vehicle Accident in Egypt on Tuesday, 26 February, 2013 at 10:21 (10:21 AM) UTC.
Tuesday, 26 February, 2013 at 10:21 (10:21 AM) UTC
Cause of event:
County / State:
Governorate of Muhafazat al Uqsur
In the airspace
N 25° 41.235, E 32° 38.378
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Affected is unknown.
Nineteen tourists taking a hot air balloon ride in southern Egypt were killed Tuesday when the balloon exploded and plummeted to the ground, authorities said. It was the deadliest hot air balloon accident in the world in at least 20 years.Twenty-one people were in the balloon when it dropped about 300 meters (almost 1,000 feet) in the city of Luxor, the Egyptian interior ministry said. Two people were hospitalized. A gas explosion caused the crash, according to the state-run EgyNews. Balloon rides offering panoramic aerial views of the Nile River and the ancient temples of Karnak and Hatshepsut are a popular tourist attraction in Luxor, about nine hours’ drive southeast of Cairo.
Passengers in the balloon included 19 foreign tourists: nine from Hong Kong, four from Japan, three from Britain, two from France and one from Hungary, officials said. An Egyptian pilot and another Egyptian were also on board, Luxor province spokesman Badawi al-Masri said.