One tourist killed, 12 injured in hot-air balloon crash in Egypt

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One Tourist Killed, Several Injured In Luxor Hot Air Balloon Crash

At least one tourist was killed and several others were injured after a hot air balloon carrying about 20 tourists crashed near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, according to state news agency MENA.

The health ministry identified the dead person as a 36-year-old woman.

A number of officials who have been quoted by Al-Ahram on condition of anonymity said the incident was caused by strong winds that caused the balloon to fall.

No British citizens were involved, the UK Foreign Office said.

In 2013, 19 people majority Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion.

Latest reports say the deceased was from South Africa.

In 2016, 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in another balloon crash, which prompted the country to temporarily halt flights while it tightened safety measures.

Hot air balloon crashes have occurred in the region before.

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