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Hot air balloon crash kills at least 19 in Egypt

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At least 19 tourists reportedly killed today in a hot air balloon crash near the Egyptian city of Luxor.

Luxor hot air balloonTwo people, including the balloon’s pilot, survived the crash. One witness reported that just before landing in the cornfields, he heard an explosion and saw smoke. He thinks it was the balloon behind them.

The crash happened on one of the many dawn hot air balloon flights that give tourists an aerial view of Luxor’s famous sites.

NBC News quoted a Luxor health official as saying that the victims include nine from Hong Kong, four from Japan, two from the United Kingdom and two from France, with two yet to be identified.

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