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

The injured have been transferred to Luxor International hospital local media have said

In 2013, 19 tourists were killed when a hot air balloon caught fire in Luxor.

Some 20 ambulances attended the scene of the accident, Egypt's state-run Mena news agency reports.

There were no details yet on the nationalities of the injured.

New Zealanders are understood to have been involved in a fatal hot air balloon crash in Egypt. The tourist who died was South African.

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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. In 2016, Egypt temporarily halted balloon flights after 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in a crash landing of their hot air balloon.

Balloon rides are monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 meters. It is also known as the "City of Temples" in Arabic, as it houses monuments constructed by pharaohs thousands of years ago.

"Airships, or hot air balloons, are known for mainly depending on the expected weather conditions and wind directions during flight", reads Egyptian magazine Egypt Today.

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