Balloon crash in Luxor

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A hot-air balloon crashed near Luxor, Egypt, on the west bank of the Nile on Feb. 25, killing one staff member and 18 tourists.

A landing rope reportedly severed a helium gas tube, and the ensuing fire caused the balloon to leap higher into the air. The balloon’s pilot and one passenger jumped to safety before the gas canister exploded and the balloon caught fire and fell. A local company, Sky Cruise, operated the flight.

Egyptian authorities suspended all balloon flights in the area pending an investigation of the accident.

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A hot-air balloon crashed near Luxor, Egypt, on the west bank of the Nile on Feb. 25, killing one staff member and 18 tourists.

A landing rope reportedly severed a helium gas tube, and the ensuing fire caused the balloon to leap higher into the air. The balloon’s pilot and one passenger jumped to safety before the gas canister exploded and the balloon caught fire and fell. A local company, Sky Cruise, operated the flight.

Egyptian authorities suspended all balloon flights in the area pending an investigation of the accident.