3 injured, 18 confirmed dead in balloon accident: Ministry of Health

Ahram Online, Tuesday 26 Feb 2013

Egypt's health ministry has sent an air ambulance to transport 3 victims of the hot air balloon crash to Cairo for treatment

Egyptian rescue workers collect remains at the scene of a balloon crash outside al-Dhabaa village, just west of the city of Luxor (Photo: AP)

The Egyptian Ministry of Health has sent an air-ambulance to transport three people who were injured in a hot air balloon accident in Luxor on Tuesday morning to Cairo to receive treatment, according to Ahram Arabic news website.

According to reports, 18 people have been confirmed dead from the crash, with three recovered alive.

Minister of Health Mohamed Mostafa said on Tuesday that a professional medical team is accompanying the patients to Cairo.

The hot air balloon crashed near Luxor, Upper Egypt, at dawn on Tuesday after a mid-air gas explosion at 1,000 feet (300 metres).


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