Sightseeing balloon crashes in Egypt's Luxor city killing one U.S. tourist

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One Tourist Killed, Several Injured In Luxor Hot Air Balloon Crash

A hot air balloon carrying tourists has crashed near the Egyptian city of Luxor, with one person killed and several injured, officials say, BBC reports.

Egyptian authorities said the incident was caused by strong winds that forced the balloon off course above the city's pharaonic temples and tombs.

Luxor governor Mahmoud Badr confirmed the incident, adding that he visited the injured tourists who are now being treated at hospital, according to the BBC, citing AFP.

In 2013, a hot air balloon caught fire in mid-flight over Luxor, killing 19 tourists. The injured included tourists from Spain, South Africa and Argentina.

The crash, to the west of the city of Luxor, happened due to bad weather conditions, the news agency said, according to Reuters.

In 2016, 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in another balloon crash, which prompted the country to temporarily halt flights while it tightened safety measures.

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