The bodies of nine Hong Kong people who were among the 19 killed in a hot air balloon tragedy in Egypt last month were flown back to Hong Kong on Monday.Monday, 11 March, 2013, 7:48pm
You have quite rightly drawn attention to the plight of recognised refugees who are awaiting resettlement to other countries. The facts make pitiful reading. A comparatively small number of people are involved  and a comparatively small amount of money is needed. Recognised refugees receive just HK$500 month. The annual cost is low, yet for the refugees themselves this is a vital lifeline.13 Mar 2013 - 2:32am 4 comments
Egyptian balloon pilots suspect the crash was caused by faulty hardware rather than human error on the part of Moman Mourad, the 28-year-old Sky Cruise pilot who jumped from the balloon and suffered severe burns.4 Mar 2013 - 8:37am 1 comment
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 other tourists on Tuesday.3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am
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 the one-hour flight south from Cairo - lit incense and made offerings of fruit.3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am
Although a journey by balloon has become one of the images most strongly associated with the film, this iconic symbol was never deployed in the book by Verne himself - the idea is briefly raised but dismissed, as it "would have been highly risky and, in any case, impossible".3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am
In the candid scenes, visitors from Hong Kong, France, Japan, Britain, Hungary and Egypt merrily wave at the camera and snap pictures as the balloon is inflated. A young Chinese woman poses for photos with her family.3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am
It's 4.15am, an ungodly hour anywhere - but when you're on holiday in a tropical island idyll in the South Pacific, it is veritably demonic. Nevertheless, 15 minutes later I am waiting groggily outside my hotel to be picked up by Adrenalin, Fiji's biggest adventure tour company.30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
We are surrounded by it. We can't see it. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't there. Breathe in - take a deep breath of air!
Find the meanings of these 'air' words14 Jan 2009 - 12:00am
South China Morning Post photographers have raced to capture Hong Kong's defining moments in the years since the newspaper hit the streets. In this, the publication's centenary year, our researchers are trawling the archives to illustrate a forthcoming book celebrating 100 years of history as seen through the camera lens.13 Jul 2003 - 12:00am
There's a fellow in Chicago called Steve Fossett. By all accounts, an affable and engaging fellow, a multi-millionaire with an inexplicable desire to fly around the globe in a hot air balloon.24 Aug 1998 - 12:00am
Hong Kong man Wong Hoi-kwan, 22, burnt his face and hand when a hot air balloon intended to carry advertising for a property company exploded in Shenzhen.10 Jan 1997 - 12:00am
THE wonders of modern technology. When an MTR train pulls into a station it looks like a thundering juggernaut. Nothing can stop it until it is ready to stop itself.
And yet, to the embarrassment of all concerned, this formidable piece of machinery was paralysed at a stroke by a Minnie Mouse balloon last week.3 Mar 1996 - 12:00am
THE eerie desert silence was shattered momentarily as a bright orange flame shot forth with a deafening roar, silhouetting a small group of people huddled together against the cold.
The stillness returned, and we were enveloped in inky blackness again, awaiting the next burst.26 Nov 1994 - 12:00am
THE balloon went up! ''Mr Baldwin came down as gently as a bird on an unwary worm.'' This is how the Hong Kong Telegraph described the colony's first balloon ascent, and parachute descent, which took place at Happy Valley on January 3, 1891.1 Jan 1994 - 12:00am