One tourist killed in Luxor hot air balloon crash


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.

There were reports that up to 12 people were injured.

About 20 people were on board when the accident occurred on Friday.

Egyptian authorities blamed strong winds, saying they had blown the balloon off its course and into a mountainous area.

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No British citizens were involved, the UK Foreign Office said. The Karnak Temple Complex, which dates back to around 2000 B.C., is located within the modern-day city.

In 2015, at least 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.

Luxor has suffered a series of hot air balloon accidents. The tragedy came four years after a hot air balloon crash injured 13 tourists seeking an aerial view of the city.