The deadliest hot air balloon accident in history: 18 tourists killed when hot-air balloon plummets 1,000 feet into Valley of the Kings

  • Incident was outside Luxor, close to the famous Valley of the Kings
  • Witnesses heard an explosion, saw smoke and then it fell from the sky
  • Casualties: British, French, Japanese and Chinese nationals
  • Reports: Two Brits seen jumping before basket hit the ground
  • Witness: ‘People were jumping from the height of a seven-storey building’
  • The catastrophe may be the deadliest hot air balloon accident in history


The British death toll in the Egypt hot air balloon accident has risen to three after one of the survivors died in hospital this afternoon.

In total nineteen tourists have now died as a result of the hot air balloon exploding at 1,000ft (300 metres) and coming down in a ball of flames in a sugar cane field, close to the famous Valley of the Kings.

Two British survivors were taken to hospital, but shortly after 1pm tour operator Thomas Cook said that one of them had since died – the other remains in a critical condition alongside the craft’s Egyptian pilot.

Eyewitness Cherry Tohamy was in another balloon nearby and told the BBC: ‘People were jumping out of the balloon from about the height of a seven-storey building.’

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