Kiwis in fatal balloon crash
FOUR New Zealand tourists have escaped a hot-air balloon crash in Egypt, which left one South African dead and 12 others injured.
The sight-seeing balloon carrying tourists over Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor crash-landed late Friday night NZ time after strong winds forced the balloon, which was carrying 20 tourists, off course above the southern city – home to some of Egypt’s most famous pharaonic temples and tombs. The balloon took off around sunrise and flew about 45 minutes at an altitude of 450m before the pilot lost control over a mountainous area, the officials said, adding that the pilot was also injured.
The New Zealand embassy in Cairo is providing consular assistance to four New Zealanders, none of whom were seriously injured, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.