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Hot air balloon crashes in Egypt, killing at least 19

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A hot air balloon crashed into a Luxor sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 19 tourists, BBC News reported.

The balloon was 1,000 ft high, carrying more than 20 tourists when it exploded, BBC News reported.

The victims included French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese citizens and nine tourists from Hong Kong, Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad said as reported by The Star Tribune.

The explosion started during the balloon's landing, in which a landing cable got caught around a helium tube and combusted, an investigator said as reported by The Star Tribune.

The Egyptian pilot and one Briton survived the crash, The Star Tribune reported.

Thomas Cook travel company said it owned the balloon and that the accident was a "terrible tragedy", BBC News reported.

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