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  • Jul 24, 2014
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Egypt balloon tragedy

Nine Hong Kong tourists were among 19 victims killed in Luxor, Egypt, when a hot-air balloon burst into flames as it was descending during a sightseeing tour on February 26, 2013. Only the Egyptian pilot and a Briton survived the early morning accident. The other victims, out of 20 passengers, were from France, Japan, Britain, Hungary and Egypt. 

Inquest into Egypt balloon tragedy could start at end of year

The Hong Kong Coroner's Court is to hold an inquest into last year's hot-air balloon tragedy in Egypt which cost the lives of nine tourists from the city.

Friday, 30 May, 2014, 3:47am 1 comment

Egyptian balloon tragedy company confirms victims had insurance cover

Relatives of the nine Hongkongers who died in a hot-air balloon tragedy in Egypt have won a small but crucial victory, with confirmation that their loved ones were covered by an insurance policy.

23 Feb 2014 - 5:11am 2 comments

Gas leak caused 2013 Egypt balloon crash: report

A hot air disaster crash in Egypt last year that killed 19 tourists, nine of them from Hong Kong, was probably caused by a gas leak, an official Egyptian report released yesterday said.

8 Jan 2014 - 2:22pm 1 comment

Families of Egypt balloon disaster victims ‘want the truth’

Relatives of victims killed in the hot-air balloon crash in Egypt earlier this year are seeking help from the Security Bureau to call for a coroner's inquest and to push for a full report on the tragedy from Egyptian authorities.

12 Sep 2013 - 5:19am

An international body needed to fix ballooning problems

The finding by Egyptian investigators that a hot air balloon accident that killed 19 tourists, nine of them from Hong Kong, was caused by pilot error is of cold comfort to the relatives and friends of those who died. Nor is it surprising - the craft had been involved in a mishap two years ago and the country's ballooning industry has a poor record.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:11am

Give tourists greater protection, says relative of Egypt crash victims

Nick Wong lost his mother Ho Oi-ying and three other family members in the hot-air balloon crash that killed nine Hongkongers in Luxor, Egypt, three months ago.

Learning that an official report had pinpointed human error as the cause of the crash, he called on local tour agencies to step up protection for tour members joining optional activities overseas.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:55am

Egypt balloon disaster that killed nine Hong Kong tourists blamed on human error

Human error was to blame for the hot air balloon disaster in Egypt that killed nine Hongkongers in February, a criminal investigation has found.

A final report on the accident in Luxor concluded the fire in the balloon was caused by a gas leak from a pipe that was installed by an unqualified worker.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Luxor resumes hot-air balloon trips for tourists despite pledge after tragedy

Mohammed Ibrahim Sherif, head of the civil aviation authority, said the balloons were launched in the southern city after safety measures were implemented. He said five out of seven firms had resumed flights.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Egyptian balloon-crash pilot Moman Mourad faces jail after being arrested

The pilot of the hot-air balloon that crashed in Egypt in February killing 19 people - nine of them Hongkongers - has been arrested and ordered to prison pending the outcome of an investigation, balloon operators say.

But the hospital where Moman Mourad is recovering under police guard, say he is still too ill to be moved.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:52am

Insurance seller in Luxor tragedy to remind clients of exclusions

A teachers' union that is a licensed insurance seller will remind clients to read the exclusion clauses when buying travel policies, a senior officer says. The Professional Teachers' Union was responding to criticism in the aftermath of a hot-air balloon accident in Luxor, Egypt, in February that killed nine Hongkongers.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:11am

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