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Hot Air Balloon

Egypt balloon crash bodies flown back to Hong Kong

The bodies of nine Hong Kong people killed in a hot air balloon tragedy in Egypt last month were flown back to Hong Kong on Monday. Photo: David Wong

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

Letters to the Editor, March 7, 2013

Safe-driving awards for KMB bus drivers. Photo: Nora Tam

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 [132] 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

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

Ahmed Hussein, a pilot with Magic Horizon Balloons, in one of the baskets at the firm's base in Luxor - all balloons have been grounded during an inquiry. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Egyptian balloon operators could be back in business this week

Luxor governor Ezzat Saad. Photo: Xinhua

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

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

Relatives of the Hong Kong victims of the Egyptian hot-air balloon tragedy perform rituals at the crash site yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Luxor tragedy puts safety of hot-air balloons in doubt

Luxor tragedy puts safety of hot-air balloons in doubt. Photo: AFP

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

Video a chilling prelude to balloon calamity

Heading for disaster: Poon Tak-sze, Poon Lau-tim and Kwan Pui-man show their excitement as they head off over Luxor in the hot-air balloon for what was meant to be the trip of a lifetime. Photo: SCMP

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

Living it up

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

Up in the air

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' words

14 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

A century in photographs

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

Basket case adventurers

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

Air balloon explodes

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

Blown out of proportion

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

Early risers

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

On another day

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