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Tuesday, 26th February 2013
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Tourists from Japan involved in fatal hot air balloon crash

Japanese nationals are believed to be among those killed when a hot air balloon crashed near Luxor, Egypt.

The company operating the balloon ride stated that a gas cylinder had exploded on board causing the accident.

Initial estimates suggest that there were at least 18 tourists killed in the incident. In addition to Japanese fatalities, it is believed there were British,Hong Kong and French citizens involved.

The BBC quoted Cherry Tohamy, whose balloon was landing when the incident occurred.

She said: "Out pilot told us that the balloon had hit a high pressure electrical cable and a cylinder on board exploded. People were jumping out of the balloon from about the height of a seven-storey building."

Ahmed Aboud, an Egyptian tourism official, stated that the balloon was flying at approximately 300 metres (1,000 feet) when the incident occurred.

Written by Mark Smith

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