Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Two Britons dead and two critical as 18 tourists in Egypt are killed when Valley Of The Kings hot air balloon explodes at 1,000ft
The balloon came down in a ball of flames this morning near Luxor, close to the famous Valley of the Kings. Eyewitnesses said there was a fire and an explosion and that the craft then plunged from the sky and crashed into sugar cane fields. At least two Britons are among 18 tourists feared dead and two other Britons are reported to be in a critical condition - an employee at the company operating the balloon said they survived by jumping from the burning basket before it hit the ground. Pictured left, the balloon take-off point 40 minutes before the crash and right, the craft on a typical Egyptian tourist trip. Pictured top right and centre, rescue workers examine the burnt-out frame.