Ki­wis in fa­tal bal­loon crash

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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.

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