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Tourists injured in hot-air balloon accident

Latest update : 2009-04-26

Thirteen foreign tourists were injured when their hot-air balloon crashed on the temple city of Luxor on Saturday, Egyptian officials said.

AFP - Thirteen foreign tourists were injured on Saturday when their hot air balloon crashed in the Egyptian temple city of Luxor, medical and security officials said.
  
"Thirteen tourists were injured. Eight of them are French, two are English, one Canadian, one Korean and one Danish," a security official told AFP, adding that none of their injuries were life-threatening.
  
A French consular source said that a woman among the French casualties suffered a broken back.
  
An official at Luxor International Hospital said five of the injured would be transferred to Cairo for further treatment.
  
The tourists had been floating over the west bank of Luxor, one of Egypt's most renowned archaeological sites and home to the famous Valley of the Kings and the grand Temple of Hatshepsut.
  
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident although the security official said the balloon might have hit a mobile phone mast.
  
French consular sources said the gondola had become detached from the balloon, perhaps because it was overloaded. In all, there were 24 tourists on board.

Date created : 2009-04-25

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