Hot Air Balloon Explosion in Luxor

A hot air balloon caught fire in a mid-air explosion near the ancient city of Luxor, killing 19 tourists.

The state news agency MENA reported that tourists who died were from Britain, France, Japan and Hong Kong. Two Britons and a UK citizen were among those, in what is described as ‘the deadliest hot air ballooning accident in history’.

Yvonne Rennie, Joe Bampton and Hungarian-born Suzanna Gyetvai were killed, and Mrs Rennie’s husband Michael is in hospital after leaping from the exploding balloon.

A victim of the ballon accident is seen in a body bag lying on a dirt road near the scene of the crash Photo: AP Photo/Hagag Salama

A victim of the ballon accident is seen in a body bag lying on a dirt road near the scene of the crash Photo: AP Photo/Hagag Salama

The only survivors were Mr Rennie and the balloon’s Egyptian pilot, who was badly burned.

This is an amateur video taken from another balloon the moment the crash occurred. You can hear people crying at the horrifying sight. ABC News reports:

Reasons as to why the crash occurred are still being investigated.  The Telegraph reported that Thomas Cook has temporarily suspended sales of hot air balloon rides in Egypt.

Rescue workers inspect the scene of the balloon crash outside al-Dhabaa village, just west of the city of Luxor Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Rescue workers inspect the scene of the balloon crash outside al-Dhabaa village, just west of the city of Luxor Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Even though this occurred during a time when tourism in Egypt is already plummeting, I don’t think it will cause a direct threat to the flow of tourists visiting the country because this was the first time such an incident occurs there.

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2 comments

  1. Mohammed Al Saadi · · Reply

    It is no coincidence that the hot air balloon disaster occurred while Al Jazeera was broadcasting one of its live interviews in Luxor. Even more so, the timing of the incident correlates with a Qatari multibillion dollar offer to rent the Pyramids. This scenario is definitely a part of a bigger picture.

    It is obvious that Qatar’s influence in the Middle East has seen exponential growth ever since the Arab Spring took off. The weapons in Qatars arsenal include money, media, and associations with terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda in Syria. However for it maintain such form it must invest in long term assets. Thus control of the pyramids is no small feat, and will most likely increase Qatars political authority in Egypt, and cosequently in the Middle East.

    May the souls of the victims who fell dead to this disaster rest in peace.

  2. I didn’t know that, thank you for reading and for sharing your views Mohammed! 🙂

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