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.
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:
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.