Egypt balloon crash at popular Luxor resort kills tourist

A hot air-balloon

The tourist who died was South African.

The pilot and one tourist survived by jumping from the balloon, officials said at the time.

"I feel lucky to have walked out of this traumatic experience, a scary freak accident", she wrote.

A jihadist insurgency led by the Islamic State (IS) has targeted tourists, including bombing a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from an Egyptian resort in 2015 that killed all 224 people on board.

The tourist killed in the hot air balloon accident Friday in Luxor, Egypt, was a South African woman and not a US citizen, as previously reported by Egyptian media.

The flight crash-landed west of the city on a desert road on Friday morning after strong winds blew the balloon off course above the city's temples and tombs. Ten of the 12 injured tourists who were admitted in the Luxor International Hospital were discharged.

The deadliest balloon crash in history occurred in February 2013 in Luxor, when 19 people were killed.

Luxor has suffered a series of hot air balloon accidents.

This is not the first hot air balloon crash recorded in the city of Luxor in the recent years.

In 2016, balloon flights were temporarily halted in the city after more than 20 people were injured in a similar accident.

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