Hot air balloon crash kills 19 tourists in Egypt

A hot air balloon has crashed near the Egyptian town of Luxor killing 19 tourists who were aboard. One tourist and the balloon pilot have survived the crash, according to the firm which operates the flights.

The victims are said to be from Britain, France and Japan among other countries.

It is believed the accident happened after a gas explosion at 300 metres.

The accident happened over the west bank of the Nile river. Hot air ballooning at dawn is popular with tourists who go to Luxor to visit its pharaonic temples and the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, including in Tutankhamen’s.

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