Thursday, February 28, 2008

Hot air balloon collision over Luxor

THREE hot air balloons carrying 60 tourists crashed around the Egyptian Nile resort town of Luxor overnight, injuring seven passengers, a security offical said.

Six Colombians and a British national were injured.

"Three balloons, carrying a total of 60 tourists, crashed in three different locations," the official said. "The injured were taken to hospital and some are being treated for broken bones," the source said.

The tourists were on a popular balloon tour over some of Egypt's most renowned archaeological sites near the Valley of the Kings.

"The reasons behind the crashes are unclear," the official said.

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