05 January, 2018
A balloon carrying foreign tourists on a sightseeing trip south of Egypt's city of Luxor crashed on Friday morning, leading to the death of one tourist and injuring seven others, according to the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram.
The nationalities of the injured were not immediately clear.
The accident occurred in Luxor, in southern Egypt, which is popular with tourists due to its number of ancient temples and ruins.
A health ministry spokesman said that two of the wounded were in serious condition.
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The hot air balloons also offer views of the Valley of the Kings, where pharaonic nobility were buried.
Hot air balloon rides were temporarily suspended in Egypt in 2016 after a crash landing led to the injuries of 22 Chinese tourists. The balloon was carrying 20 people.
In 2013, 19 tourists including three Brits were killed when their balloon caught fire flying over the city.
Multiple sources have told the Herald that three or four Kiwis were onboard the balloon, which plummeted to the ground near Luxor on Friday, killing a South African tourist.