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Egypt Hot air balloon crashes in ancient city of Luxor

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.

According to the Egyptian security official, the balloon carrying at least 20 tourists was flying over Luxor early Tuesday when it caught fire, which triggered an explosion in its gas canister, then plunged at least 300 meters (1,000 feet) from the sky.

The balloon crashed into a sugar cane field outside al-Dhabaa village just west of Luxor, 510 kilometers (320 miles) south of Cairo, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

The security official said foul play has been ruled out.

An official with the state prosecutor's office said initial findings show that the accident occurred when the pilot's landing cable was caught around a helium tube. He spoke anonymously becau

Added: Feb-26-2013 Occurred On: Feb-26-2013
By: NewspaperOnline
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Tags: Egypt, Hot, air, balloon, crashes, in, ancient, city, of, Luxor,
Location: Luxor, Luxor, Egypt (load item map)
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