Egypt balloon flights to resume after deadly crash

By REUTERS
March 24, 2013 00:07

CAIRO - Egypt will allow again hot air balloon flights which were halted in February when 19 people were killed in a crash near the ancient town of Luxor, state media said on Saturday.

Mostly Asian and European tourists were killed in the crash after a balloon caught fire following a mid-air gas explosion near the Valley of the Kings and pharaonic temples popular with travelers. One Egyptian was also killed.

Tour operators would be allowed again to conduct hot air balloon flights from April 1, Civil Aviation Minister Wael al-Maadawi told state news agency MENA.

He said authorities had improved safety rules and would enforce more maintenance controls at balloon flight operators.


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