Luxor Suspends Balloon Flights Following Tragedy

Luxor Suspends Balloon Flights Following Tragedy

Hot air balloon flights in the popular Egyptian destination of Luxor have been suspended following a tragedy that claimed 19 lives yesterday. Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil ordered all flights to be suspended while an investigation was carried out.


Three British visitors travelling with Thomas Cook were killed in the incident, which saw a hot air balloon catch fire and explode. The balloon was operated by local firm Skycruise.

Eyewitnesses report it catching fire as it came in to land following a dawn flight over ancient sites close to Luxor.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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