Deadly balloon crash latest blow to Egyptian tourism

CAIRO —A hot-air balloon carrying tourists exploded over the southern Egyptian city of Luxor on Tuesday morning, killing 19 people, the country’s general prosecutor said.

The balloon’s gas supply caught fire as it hovered over sugar-cane fields at dawn, causing an explosion that sent the balloon and its passengers plummeting nearly 1,000 feet, the state news service MENA reported, citing an unnamed security official.

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