LUXOR, Egypt (AP) – A hot air balloon crashed in a field near the ancient city of Luxor on Friday, injuring eight tourists and two Egyptians, police said. Five of the tourists were French teenagers, and three were elderly Americans.
Interior Ministry Major Ahmed Aboul Rous said the tourists were on a sightseeing trip when strong winds forced the balloon down in Qurna, a small town located on Luxor’s West Bank.
The injured passengers were taken to Luxor hospital for treatment, and eight of the 10 have already been released, Aboul Rous said.
Luxor’s West Bank contains the Valley of the Kings and its famous collection of well-preserved Pharaonic tombs, including King Tutankhamun’s, that draw thousands of tourists daily to Luxor.