One killed as balloon crash at Egyptian city of Luxor

400 tourists had exciting balloon trips in Luxor on Friday

A woman was killed and 19 others were injured Friday morning when a hot air balloon crashed in Egypt, according to authorities. However, the one who lost her life in the incident was from South Africa.

The balloon was travelling over the ancient city when it was forced off course and into a mountainous area by strong winds.

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

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

The balloon was carrying both Egyptians and foreign tourists, with the nationality of the latter not yet having been disclosed.

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In 2013, a hot air balloon caught fire in mid-flight over Luxor, killing 19 tourists.

Luxor has witnessed hot air balloon accidents in past years.

The accident occurred in Luxor, in southern Egypt, which is popular with tourists due to its number of ancient temples and ruins.

In 2016, balloon flights were temporarily halted in the city after more than 20 people were injured in a similar accident. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident.

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