1 killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

Holidaymakers of different nationalities, as well as Egyptian nationals, were on board the sightseeing balloon when it crash landed in western Luxor, according to state news agency MENA.

The crash was caused by strong winds that led the driver to lose control over the balloon as he was landing, according to the governor's statement.

No British citizens were involved, the UK Foreign Office said.

The health ministry identified the dead person as a 36-year-old woman.

One of the main attractions is the Karnak temple, which dates back thousands of years.

The latest crash has killed a South African tourist
The latest crash has killed a South African tourist Credit AFP

Those on board the flight included a number of foreign nationals from South Africa, Argentina and Spain, along with Egyptian tourists.

In 2013, 19 tourists, including nine from Hong Kong, were killed when their balloon caught fire.

Hot air balloon crashes have occurred in the region before.

The crash happened in Luxor, a popular tourist destination on the banks of the Nile River in southern Egypt.

In 2009, 13 tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed.

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