20 tourists killed in hot air balloon crash in Egypt-A A +A
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
LUXOR, Egypt -- At least 20 foreign tourists including French, British and, other nationals were killed when their hot air balloon crashed near the famed ancient city of Luxor, an Egyptian security official said Tuesday.
The official said there was fire and an explosion before the balloon plunged from the sky and crashed into sugar cane fields west of Luxor.
Luxor is 510 kilometers (320 miles) south of Cairo.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to the media.
An Associated Press reporter at the crash site said he counted eight bodies as they were put into body bags and taken away. (AP)