Egypt hot air balloon crash: casualties reported

The remains of a hot air balloon is seen on the ground near the ancient city of Luxor Friday after a fatal crash

The balloon was carrying both Egyptians and foreign tourists, with the nationality of the latter not yet having been disclosed.

The health ministry said a woman was killed and 12 people injured but gave no further details.

Officials in Egypt said the balloon crashed carrying the group of tourists, after strong winds forced the balloon off course.

Other balloons had taken off around the same time but landed safely, the officials added, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

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

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

At least 19 tourists were killed in 2013 when the balloon in which they were travelling caught fire in Luxor.

Over the years, Egypt has tightened safety rules for balloon rides, which are now monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 metres.

In 2009, 13 tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed.

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