A hot air balloon that took the visitors to Egypt’s Luxor up into the air for aerial views of the ancient city caught fire and plummeted into a sugar cane field below, killing 19 foreign tourists. The casualties include British, French, Belgian, Japanese and Hungarian nationals as well as nine tourists from Hong Kong. Three more people – two British tourists and an Egyptian survived the crash and were taken to a local hospital, but one of the British survivors later died as well.
According to the Egyptian authorities, the air balloon caught fire which triggered an explosion in its gas canister and sent it into a 300 metres freefall from the sky. It crashed outside al-Dhabaa village, 510 kilometres south of Cairo. Foul play had been ruled out.
Get ready for quiet muttering of Allahu Akbar in the video that was filmed from another hot air balloon that didn’t explode:
TV report on the tragedy: