26th of February – Hot air balloon crash

A hot air balloon crashed near the Egyptian town of Luxor, killing 19 tourists aboard (nine from Hong Kong, four from Japan, three from Britain, two from France and one from Hungary). One tourist and the balloon pilot survived, Reuters reported, quoting Ahmed Aboud, a spokesperson for the eight companies that operate the balloon flights. The accident occurred after a gas explosion at an altitude of 300 meters.




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