Egypt: hot air balloon crashes, killing 1 tourist

A hot air balloon carrying foreign tourists over the southern Egyptian city of Luxor has crash-landed killing one passenger and injuring 12 others. The crash which happened on Friday is thought to have been caused by bad weather conditions which blew

The crash was caused by strong winds that led the driver to lose control over the balloon as he was landing, according to the governor's statement.

All of those involved in the accident are believed to be foreign tourists.

The fatality was South African, according to a health ministry official. However, the one who lost her life in the incident was from South Africa. The Karnak Temple Complex, which dates back to around 2000 B.C., is located within the modern-day city.

A jihadist insurgency led by the Islamic State group has targeted tourists, including the bombing of a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from an Egyptian resort in 2015 that killed all 224 people on board.

In 2016, 22 Chinese tourists were injured when their balloon crash landed, after which Egypt temporarily halted balloon rides.

The balloon was carrying 20 people at the time of the accident.

Hot air balloon companies in Luxor offer the tours usually starting at sunrise.

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

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