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  • A hot-air balloon flies over the village of al-Qurna, situated over more than 500 pharaonic tombs at the feet of the Theban Mountains, in the city of Luxor, Egypt.

    A hot-air balloon flies over the village of al-Qurna, situated over more than 500 pharaonic tombs at the feet of the Theban Mountains, in the city of Luxor, Egypt. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 January 2018

In 2015, at least 19 people, most of them tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed.

A tourist was killed and 12 other people were injured in a hot air balloon crash near Luxor in Egypt Friday, state-run news agency MENA reported.

The balloon, with tourists from different nationalities and Egyptians onboard, crashed to the west of the city of Luxor, MENA said.

The health ministry said a woman was killed and 12 people injured but gave no other details.

In 2015, at least 19 people, most of them Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion.

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