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.
Team sent to help Egypt balloon crash relatives
Cheung Chi Fai
Hong Kong will send a pathologist to Egypt to help the families of the victims of the balloon crash, the Health Department said on Wednesday.
Nine Hong Kong tourists, who each paid US$190 (HK$1,474) per person for the sightseeing trip, were killed in the horrible balloon crash in Luxor on Tuesday.
The pathologist is being selected by the department and is expected to announce soon when he or she will travel to Egypt.
The pathologist will join three clinical psychologists and a nurse from the Hospital Authority, who have already been sent to Egypt to assist the victims’ relatives, who are also on their way to the country to deal with the necessary formalities.
The Hospital Authority team is lead by Rosalie Lo Shuk-yee, a senior clinical psychologist, who was sent to Manila in 2010 to help with the hostage crisis there.
The team, along with three Immigration Department officers and relatives of the victims, left Hong Kong early this morning for the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
They are expected to land in Cairo city this evening and, after landing, may first visit the Chinese Embassy.
The bodies of the victims have been transferred from Luxor to Cairo.
Kuoni, the agency that organised the tour to Egypt of the victims, said six tour members who did not join the hot air balloon trip would cut short of their trip and leave Egypt on Thursday. They are expected to arrive in Hong Kong on Friday.