20 die in hot air balloon explosion in Egypt

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 08:20 hrs

Cairo, Feb 26 (IANS) Twenty tourists were killed when a hot air balloon exploded Tuesday in Egypt's Luxor governorate, state TV reported.

"The explosion happened in the early morning... fire of the engine touched the balloon and suddenly the balloon was on fire," tourist guide Mohamed told Xinhua.

"The balloon belongs to the Sky Cruise company. The dead and injured have been transferred to the Luxor International Hospital," he added.

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