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

"My mum and dad went on a trip, and they never came back": Ho Ming-leung pictured yesterday. Photo: May Tse

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

Family members of the victims attend a mourning ceremony at the crash site. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

The site where a hot air balloon exploded and plunged to earth during a sunrise flight in Luxor, Egypt. Photo: Sam Tsang

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’

Siu Chi-keung (right) says he feels more positive. Photo: David Wong

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

Luxor''s governor Ezzat Saad (centre) leads a balloon trip weeks after a disaster killed nine Hongkongers. Photo: Xinhua

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

Joseph Tung Yao-chung. Photo: Dickson Lee

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

The hot air balloon (left) that later crashed is seen taking off from Luxor in February. Photo: AFP

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

The hot-air balloon that crashed in February gets ready for take-off. Photo: AFP

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

Balloon pilot Moman Mourad has been arrested. Photo: Xinhua

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

Mr Siu, the elder brother of Siu Chi-man who died in the balloon crash, attends a press conference at Legislative Council, Tamar. Photo: David Wong

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

Balloon disaster underscores attention needed on travel insurance

Mr Ho, the elder son of Ho Oi-ming and Tang Yuk-ling who died in the balloon crash. The China Merchants Insurance Company refused to fork out compensation to six of the nine people who died in the tragedy.

The importance of travelling with insurance cannot be overstated. When misfortune falls, even the most seasoned travellers can be left in a vulnerable situation. Travel insurance is, therefore, essential. Due to a growing awareness of the risks and liabilities brought on by accidents, few would leave home without taking out some sort of policy today.

19 Mar 2013 - 6:02am

Travellers must beware of holes in their holiday insurance

Travel insurance might not cover the spectrum of flight delays.

In the aftermath of the Egyptian hot-air balloon tragedy, families of the victims have found themselves bitterly disappointed by their travel insurance. The problem? A proviso in some of the victims' policies. While it did cover aerial activities such as parachuting and "air travel as a passenger in a properly licensed power-driven aircraft", it did not include hot-air ballooning.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:38am

Letters to the Editor, March 16, 2013

Michael Lynch's optimism is justified. Photo: Edward Wong

The lack of a Chinese medicine teaching hospital in Hong Kong has crippled education in this very important field for the past 15 years.

16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am 3 comments

Policy is clear hot-air balloon flights are not covered: insurance company

A top executive of an insurance company that has refused to compensate the deaths of six Hongkongers in Egypt claimed yesterday that their policies clearly stated hot-air balloon flights would not be covered.

14 Mar 2013 - 5:29am

Egypt crash victims' kin demand answers from insurance company

The kin of the four victims from the Siu family turn up at the mortuary in Kwai Chung. Photo: David Wong

Three relatives of the deceased, from the Ho and Siu families, spoke to the Hong Kong press for the first time yesterday, after the China Merchants Insurance Company refused to fork out compensation to six of the nine people who died.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:49am