Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Update on the Luxor Balloon Crash

Check this Twitter account for photos and details from an eye witness https://twitter.com/chrismichel

Details are unconfirmed
  • explosion at 1000ft, 
  • basket contained 20 tourists
  • took place 07:00 local time 05:00 GMT 
  • mixed Chinese/Japanese/British/French
  • 9 Hongkongese, 4 Japanese, 2 Britons, 2 French & 2 Egyptian
  • children involved
  • 14 bodies
  • 2-3 injured including pilot
  • The pilot who survived is Mo'men Morad Ali with 70% burns
  • crash occurred near Al Moudira Hotel 
  • operator was Sky Cruise balloons 
  • The governor of Luxor has suspended hot air balloon activities http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/65624/Egypt/Politics-/photo-pls-Luxor-balloon-crash-kills-;-similar-trip.aspx 
  • 18 killed and 3 survivors. The pilot, an English man and a Scottish man. Both men's wives were killed
  • The English man has now died 
  • One Hungarian resident in the UK
This article is reasonable accurate http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284548/Egypt-hot-air-balloon-crash-British-death-toll-Luxor-accident-rises-three.html
We send out deepest sympathy to the injured and friends and family of the deceased

5 comments:

Cat lau said...

hello it is the reporter of Oriental Daily News Hong Kong, may I have a Interview for the accident?

tel; 852-98609746 , 852-36008042,
bkn8899@gmail.com

Thx A lot.

Cat lau said...

hello it is the reporter of Oriental Daily News Hong Kong, may I have a Interview for the accident?

tel; 852-98609746 , 852-36008042,
bkn8899@gmail.com

Thx A lot.

Jane Akshar said...

sent you an email with my phone number

ambilac said...

Jane - tragic indeed... sympathies to all -
There appears to be a discrepancy in which balloon was involved - the first photo of the balloon catching fire was a multi - coloured striped balloon, yet the one in the mail article appears to be green and yellow.
The multi coloured one is quite distinctive, I know the west bank area well, and in 2010 made a aerial photo survey from that ballooon with the pilot's name 'Ali' which appears to be the same name as the current pilot in hospital... we shall see what transpires in tomorrow's updates
Howeever, yet another large nail in the coffin of tourism for Egypt!

Jane Akshar said...

It was a Sky Cruise balloon