On Tuesday 26, 2013 in Luxor, Egypt, 19 people- most of them Asian and European tourists, died on a hot air balloon, when it caught on fire and crashed near the ancient Egyptian town of Luxor after a mid – air gas explosion.
The balloon came down in the farmland a few miles from the Valley of Kings and Pharaonic temples popular with tourists.The balloon crashed on the west bank of the Nile River, where many of the areas major historical sites are located.
The balloon had French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese nationals, and nine tourists from Hong Kong.
There were three survivors, two British tourists and the Egyptian pilots. They were taken to a local hospital, but one of the British men later died.
This was one of the worst accidents involving tourists in Egypt and likely to push the key tourism industry deeper into recession.