Hot air balloon flights continue in Egypt's Luxor, investigation still ongoing into Friday's crash

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Jan 2018

One tourist was killed and 15 injured when a hot air balloon crashed in Luxor Friday

Hot air Ballon at Egypt's Luxor (Photo: Ahram)

Hot air balloon flights over archaeological sites in Upper Egyptian governorate of Luxor continued Sunday with eight trips in the morning, days after a South African tourist was killed and 15 others injured when one balloon fell in the city Friday.

Luxor governorate's prosecution is still investigating the accident, awaiting a comprehensive civil aviation report on the incident. Four employees of the balloon operating company are detained pending investigations.

Ten hot air balloon flights took off Saturday, carrying about 200 tourists, a source in Al-Qurna airport for balloons said, adding that the number of daily flights reached 22.

In February 2013, Luxor was the scene of deadliest hot air balloon accident in the country's history, when a balloon crashed in the city, killing 19 out of 21 passengers.

Hot air balloons are commonly used at Egypt's archaeological sites to provide tourists with an aerial view of the country's landscape and famous landmarks.

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