1 dead, 19 tourists injured in Egypt hot air balloon crash

The incident was caused by strong winds that forced the balloon off its course above the city's temples and tombs.

It came four years after 13 foreign tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed.

Egypt's health ministry confirmed the death of a South African tourist and the number of those injured but did not give further details.

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A foreign tourist was killed and another seven were injured early Friday when their hot-air balloon crashed due to inclement weather in Egypt's southern city of Luxor.

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. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident.

Hot air balloon incidents have occurred in the past over ancient Luxor.

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Since then, balloon rides are monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 meters.

After that bombing, Russian Federation imposed a ban on all flights to Egypt and Egypt's national carrier is still barred from flying to Russian Federation.

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