A hot air ballon ride turned deadly for 19 tourists in the city of Luxor as is caught fire with passengers still onboard. The crash took place early Tuesday morning after the landing cable got stuck onto the helium tube causing a fire to break out
and shooting the ballon back up into the sky then plummeting down some 1,000 feet straight into the ground after a second gas explosion.
“I saw tourists catching fire and they were jumping from the balloon. They were trying to flee the fire but it was on their bodies,” said Hassan Abdel-Rasoul, a farmer in al-Dhabaa. He said one of those he saw on fire was a visibly pregnant woman.
The dead bodies were left scattered around a sugar cane field with whatever pieces of the balloon remained after the explosion and crash. After the crash all ballon rides have been suspended causing another drastic blow to Egypt and its cities tourism that has seen decline with ongoing issues with the government for the past 2 years. This is not a first though back in 2009 one ballon struck a cell phone tower injuring 16 passengers. Luxor is known for pharaonic temples but has some seen hard times creating an increase in poverty in the area. For more details on this story you can read more about the city and accident here.