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South African tourist killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

South African tourist killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

A 36-year-old woman has died and a dozen other tourists were injured in a hot air balloon crash in Egypt.

At least one person has reportedly been killed near the ancient city of Luxor on Friday, according to security and medical officials.

There were reports that up to 12 people were injured.

Egyptian authorities blamed strong winds, saying they had blown the balloon off its course and into a mountainous area.

In 2013, 19 foreign nationals were killed near Luxor - a popular tourist destination - when their hot-air balloon crashed due to fire.

Multiple sources have told the Herald that three or four Kiwis were onboard the balloon, which plummeted to the ground near Luxor on Friday, killing a South African tourist.

This was exacerbated by the 2015 Russian plane crash, which killed all 224 passengers and crew on board, majority Russian tourists.

New Zealanders are understood to have been involved in a fatal hot air balloon crash in Egypt.

Since then, balloon rides are monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 meters.

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