Tourists die in Egypt hot-air balloon crash
Egyptian police say at least 19 people have died after a hot-air balloon crashed near Luxor in the country's south.
The balloon was carrying several foreign nationals when it went down near the tourist town on Tuesday, state-run Nile TV said.
Ezzat Saad, the governor of Luxor, told Nile News that there were three people in hospital, including the Egyptian pilot of the balloon who suffered from 70 percent burns.
He did not specify the nationalities of the two other injured foreigners in hospital, but said one of them was undergoing surgery.
Saad listed the nationalities of the people on board as nine from Hong Kong; four Japanese; two Belgians; two British; two French; one Egyptian, in addition to the Egyptian pilot.
Ahmed Aboud, a spokesman for companies that operate balloon flights in the area, told Reuters news agency that the crash happened after a gas explosion when the balloon was 300 metres above the ground.
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