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S. African tourist killed in Egypt balloon crash, 12 injured: ministry official

S. African tourist killed in Egypt balloon crash, 12 injured: ministry official

The flight crash-landed west of the city on a desert road on Friday morning after strong winds blew the balloon off course above the city's temples and tombs.

One tourist is dead and a dozen more were injured in a hot air balloon crash in Egypt on Friday, the latest balloon accident among a number of tragedies in the region over the past few years.

The nationalities of the victims were not immediately known. The service operating the hot air balloons was temporarily suspended following that incident.

Hot air balloon incidents have occurred in the past over Luxor.

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An American was reportedly killed in the crash, which came as a group of Egyptian citizens and the foreign tourists took a tour over the famous Valley of the Kings. A jihadist insurgency led by the Islamic State group has targeted tourists, including bombing a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from an Egyptian resort in 2015 that killed all 224 people on board.

All of those involved in the accident are believed to be foreign tourists.

In 2013, a hot air balloon caught fire in mid-flight over Luxor, killing 19 tourists.