19 Tourists Killed After Balloon Plunges 1K Feet
Tourists from Britain, France, Hong Kong killed in Egypt crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2013 1:19 AM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2013 4:15 AM CST
Rescue workers inspect the scene of the balloon crash outside al-Dhabaa village, just west of the city of Luxor.   (AP Photo/Hagag Salama)

(Newser) – A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field early today, killing at least 19 foreign tourists, a security official says. The casualties included French, British, and Japanese nationals, as well as nine tourists from Hong Kong. Three survivors of the crash—two tourists and one Egyptian—were taken to a local hospital; one UK resident later died there, add the BBC. According to the Egyptian security official, the balloon was carrying at least 20 tourists over Luxor when it caught fire, triggering an explosion in its gas canister that caused it to plunge at least a thousand feet to the ground.

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Feb 26, 2013 10:00 PM CST
prospect of being 1000 feet up with no parachute and there's an open flame? too much like 9/11 twin towers 4 me
Feb 26, 2013 9:03 AM CST
Hot air ballooning carries a number of risks with it. Shit happens!
Feb 26, 2013 8:14 AM CST
Terrible thing to read about but who in their right mind would go to Egypt nowadays? Their society is unstable and chaotic. In better times, if there were ever any, Egypt wasn't known for their safety regulations or standards. RIP those who perished.