Damaged remains of the hot air balloon that crashed in Luxor, Egypt, lie in a field at the site of the accident Tuesday.
The hot air balloon flying over the ancient Egyptian city caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 19 foreign tourists in what appeared to be the deadliest hot air ballooning accident on record. A British tourist and the Egyptian pilot, who was badly burned, were the sole survivors.
The tragedy raised worries of another blow to the nation’s vital tourism industry, decimated by two years of unrest since the 2011 revolution that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The southern city of Luxor has been hit hard, with vacant hotel rooms and empty cruise ships.
— The Associated Press