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Hot air balloon crash kills 19 in Egypt

Balloons float in the air in Luxor before another balloon crashed on Feb. 26.
Balloons float in the air in Luxor before another balloon crashed on Feb. 26.Courtesy Christopher Michel

By Ayman Mohyeldin, Charlene Gubash and John Newland, NBC News

Balloons float in the air in Luxor before another balloon crashed on Feb. 26.Courtesy Christopher Michel

A hot air balloon carrying foreign tourists caught on fire while it was in the air near Egypt's ancient city of Luxor, killing 19 people, officials said Tuesday.

The blazing balloon crashed to the ground early Tuesday morning, Gen. Mamdough Khaled, director of security for Luxor Governorate said in a statement, according to initial reports.

Khaled said that Luxor International Hospital had received 19 badly burned bodies. Health officials initially said 18 people died, but later said one injured person had succumbed to their injuries. Continue reading.