Sightseeing balloon crashes in Egypt's Luxor city killing one United States tourist

One Tourist Killed, Several Injured In Luxor Hot Air Balloon Crash

She declined to comment on whether Kiwis were onboard.

A hot air balloon carrying tourists has crashed near the Egyptian city of Luxor, with one person killed and several injured, officials say.

The Egyptian Aviation Authority confirmed 19 people were injured in the crash, which took place at about 7:30 a.m. local time.

The accident occurred in Luxor, in southern Egypt, which is popular with tourists due to its number of ancient temples and ruins.

"I feel lucky to have walked out of this traumatic experience, a scary freak accident", she wrote. The balloon was carrying 20 people.

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New Zealanders are understood to have been involved in a fatal hot air balloon crash in Egypt. Such flights usually start before sunrise and pass over green fields leading to the Valley of the Kings - the burial site of famous boy king Tutankhamun and other pharaohs.

Hot air balloon flights above Luxor are famous among tourists because of the spectacular views of the ancient Karnak and the temples of Luxor.

In 2015, at least 19 people, majority Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion.

After that bombing, Russian Federation imposed a ban on all flights to Egypt and Egypt's national carrier is still barred from flying to Russian Federation.

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