Woman killed and 12 injured in Egypt hot air balloon crash


A~tourist has been killed and seven others injured when a sightseeing balloon crashed over the southern Egyptian city of Luxor.

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No British citizens were involved, the UK Foreign Office said. The woman killed was a 36-year-old South African and the injured were tourists from Spain, South Africa and Argentina, according to a government official.

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

Those on board the flight included a number of foreign nationals along with Egyptian tourists.

In 2016, hot air balloon rides were temporarily suspended in Egypt after a crash led to 22 Chinese tourists being injured.

The crash, to the west of the city of Luxor, happened due to bad weather conditions, the news agency said. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident.

Hot air balloon companies in Luxor offer the tours usually starting at sunrise.