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Tourist hot air balloon in deadly crash in Egypt

LUXOR, Egypt -- Egyptian officials say a sightseeing balloon carrying foreign tourists over the southern city of Luxor has crash landed, killing one tourist and injuring seven.

The officials say Friday's incident was caused by strong winds that forced the balloon off its course above the city's pharaonic temples and tombs.

A 36-year-old South African woman was killed in the crash, an official at Egypt's Ministry of Health told CBS News, and two other passengers were in critical condition. The nationalities of the dozen people left injured, including the two with serious injuries, was not immediately clear.


Hot air balloon incidents have occurred in the past over ancient Luxor.

In 2013, 19 foreign tourists were killed when their balloon caught fire. In 2016, Egypt temporarily halted balloon flights after 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in a crash landing of their hot air balloon.

Since then, balloon rides are monitored by cameras and banned from flying above 2,000 meters (yards).