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Death Toll Rises For Egyptian Hot Air Balloon Accident

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Health officials say the death toll from a hot air balloon accident in Egypt has risen to 19 after a British tourist died of his injuries.

Another British tourist and the balloon's Egyptian pilot are the only survivors. State radio reported that the Egyptian has severe burns on his body.

The health officials spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because they were not authorized to speak to press. British tour operator Thomas Cook confirmed that the Briton died in the hospital.

The accident occurred when a hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field after dawn. The casualties included French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong, according to Luxor's governor.


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An Egyptian security official says at least 19 foreign tourists were killed as their hot air balloon crashed near the famed ancient city of Luxor. The casualties included French, British and other nationals.

The official says there was a fire and an explosion and that the balloon then plunged from the sky and crashed into sugar cane fields west of Luxor on Tuesday. Luxor is 510 kilometers (320 miles) south of Cairo.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to the media.

An Associated Press reporter at the crash site says he counted eight bodies as they were put into body bags and taken away.


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