19 killed in Egyptian hot air baloon crash - WNCT

19 killed in Egyptian hot air baloon crash

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LONDON -

Rescuers took away another body from the site of the crash in Egypt's ancient city of Luxor.

A hot air balloon carrying at least twenty tourists caught fire and plunged into a sugar cane field.

This witness says he saw the pilot and a tourist jump out the basket as the balloon was going down.

Investigators say at least nineteen people died when the balloon fell 1,000 feet to the ground.

U.S. photographer Christopher Michel snapped these photos before joining tourists on the early morning sightseeing trip over Luxor's famous sights.

He was riding in another balloon that was just about to land when the accident happened.

Egyptian investigators say the fire started when a landing cable got caught around a helium tube. Then a gas canister exploded and the balloon crashed.

Authorities say no Americans were involved. Most of the victims were from Asia and Europe.

The pilot and one British tourist survived.

Egypt's civil aviation minister suspended all hot air balloon flights until investigators determine exactly what happened.

Hot air balloon crashes have happened in Luxor before. Sixteen people were hurt four years ago when a balloon came down after hitting a communications tower.

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