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Egypt resumes hot air ballooning over Luxor after minor crash

Tourists see hot air balloons ready for take off at dawn on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, Egypt
Tourists see hot air balloons ready for take off at dawn on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, Egypt

Egyptian authorities have resumed flying hot air balloons over the ancient city of Luxor after a two-day hiatus after two tourists were slightly injured during the ride.

A hot air balloon carrying 28 tourists derailed on Monday due to changes in wind direction and speed.

The balloon was at an altitude of 197 feet when it went off course.

The balloon collides slightly with another before landing in an open space.

A hot air balloon flies over the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, Egypt
A hot air balloon flies over the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, Egypt (Amr Nabil/AP)

The civil aviation ministry said it decided to resume the rides after reviewing “all safety measures and steps taken” to operate the popular flights.

It said the two companies that operated the balloons involved in Monday’s incident were still suspended pending investigations.

Hot air ballooning over Luxor, 320 miles south of Cairo, offers tourists views of the city’s ancient temples.

However, balloon accidents are not uncommon.

A hot air balloon crash near Luxor in 2013 killed 19 tourists, possibly the deadliest accident on record.

In 2009, 16 tourists were injured when their balloon hit a mobile phone transmission tower.

Seven tourists were injured in a similar incident a year ago.


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