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  1. News - Hong Kong - IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    Luxor tragedy puts safety of hot-air balloons in doubt

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... of balloons in doubt Until tragedy struck in Luxor, hot-air balloons were most famously associated with the film version of Jules Verne's classic novel Around the World in 80 Days, ... in tourist areas such as Luxor. Balloon festivals are also a great way to see hot-air balloons close up. But, with 19 people killed in Tuesday's accident- including nine tourists from Hong Kong- ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - BALLOON TRAGEDY

    Egyptian balloon operators could be back in business this week

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 04:16am by Amy Nip, Lana Lam

    ... Amy Nip in Luxor and Lana Lam Governor of Luxor says pressure is growing to resume dawn flights despite disaster because the Egyptian city depends on tourism dollars Flight Operators could be back in the air this week Operators of hot-air balloons in Luxor may restart their trips this week despite ongoing investigations into the accident that killed nine Hongkongers and 10 ...

  3. News - Hong Kong

    Egypt balloon crash bodies flown back to Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 07:48pm by AFP

    ... during a sunrise flight over Egypt’s ancient temple city of Luxor on February 26 when it caught fire. The other victims include Japanese, British, French and Hungarian nationals, while two people ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - DISASTER IN EGYPT

    Balloon pilot was not to blame for disaster in Egypt, say colleagues

    Posted Mar 04th 2013, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip in Luxor amy.nip@scmp.com They suspect faulty hardware, not human error, led to tragedy in the sky Balloon pilot was not to blame, say colleagues Egyptian balloon pilots have leapt to the defence of their colleague who survived last week's disaster in Luxor that left 19 tourists dead, including nine from Hong Kong. They suspect the crash was caused by faulty hardware rather ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - TRAGEDY IN EGYPT

    Relatives of Hong Kong balloon victims gather at crash site in Egypt

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip in Luxor amy.nip@scmp.com Hong Kong mourners perform rituals and lay white chrysanthemums in field where loved ones died after viewing debris from explosion Grief of families ... They gathered in the field where the balloon crashed near the village of Hager El Dibie, west of Luxor, to perform mourning rituals. Accompanied by Hong Kong officials, the families- who had made ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - BALLOON TRAGEDY

    Video a chilling prelude to balloon calamity

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Lana Lam

    ... Lana Lam lana.lam@scmp.com All smiles before disaster strikes "See you again." Those are the final words on video footage that shows, in chilling retrospect, the last moments of tourists as they board the Sky Cruise flight in Luxor. Their hot-air balloon crashed less than an hour after the video was taken, killing everyone on board except a tourist and pilot. In the candid ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, March 7, 2013

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... The Egyptian government must find out why the hot air balloon exploded in Luxor on February 26, killing 19 people, including nine from Hong Kong. The investigation must be thorough, but it must also ...



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