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Accident in balloon in Luxor: an American victim, seven injured -VIDEO
Luxor, Egypt - Other 12 tourists are undamaged
At the moment strong winds seem to be the cause of the accident of a balloon with 20 people on board, that has provoked wounding of some passengers, and death of a 36 year old American tourist. The fact happened today near Luxor, in Egypt, and it was a private touristic flight on the ancient temples. The information are still incomplete: there is not yet for certain about nationality of victim, while local press reported about 7 wounded of different nationalities, because there is need the activation of Foreign Office responsibles. The remaining 12 people would be unhurt.
The balloon was taken off shortly before dawn of this morning and has flown for about 45 minutes at an altitude of 450m before that strong winds would cause tragedy making to crash wicker basket in flames, according to a governmental official reported it.
Last night, according to the local media, the weather forecast had informed about strong winds in all Country, mainly in the delta of the Nile river and in Northern Egypt. Always the same official spoke about other balloons took off this morning and then all landed safely.
The tragedy of today reminds other crashes of this kind happened in the past above the ancient Luxor. The most serious one occurred in 2013 when a balloon that flew over city caught fire and crashed at ground from about 1000 ft, crashing against a sugarcane field and killing 19 foreign tourists. In 2016 Egypt -"Indipendent Africa"' reported it- had suspended temporarily flights by balloon after the wounding of 22 tourists in a "heavy" landing after a flight. During the years the Nation seems to have reinforced safety rules for the tour by balloon, today controlled by camera and supervised with flight ban above 2000m of altitude.
Below, a partial photo reconstruction of the accident of this morning: