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One tourist killed, 12 injured in air balloon crash in Egypt


<p><strong>A tourist was killed and 12 other people were injured in a hot air balloon crash near Luxor in Egypt on Friday, state-run news agency <span class="caps">MENA</span> reported.</strong></p> <p>The balloon, with tourists from different nationalities and Egyptians onboard, crashed to the west of the city of Luxor, <span class="caps">MENA</span> said.</p> <p>The health ministry said a woman was killed and 12 people injured but gave no other details.</p> <p>The security services in the city of Luxor reportedly received a signal of the incident while the balloon toured in an area west of the famous archaeological city near the new desert road. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1 American woman was killed, 7 other passengers were injured in a hot air balloon carrying tourists crash land in bad weather in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Luxor?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Luxor</a> south of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Egypt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Egypt</a> <a href="https://t.co/atdyBRogON">pic.twitter.com/atdyBRogON</a></p>— SaadAbedine (@SaadAbedine) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaadAbedine/status/949197570751868928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 5, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Officials said the incident was caused by strong winds that forced the balloon off course above the city.</p> <p>In 2015, at least 19 people, most of them Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion.</p>
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