For some, their hopes were shattered the moment their flight touched down on Egyptian soil. As they switched their mobile phones back on, all they could hear was the weeping of family members in Hong Kong or the calm voices of insurance agents, saying: 'We are very sorry to tell you that your relative has passed away in the bus crash.' Most had probably thought they would be celebrating Lunar New Year with loved ones, but instead they were headed to a country where only sorrow would greet many of them. As they flew into Cairo, all they knew was that 14 of the 43 members of a tour group had been killed in a crash. The tourists were travelling from Hurghada to Luxor to visit the architectural riches of ancient Thebes when the accident happened. On Friday afternoon, the last group of relatives arrived at a makeshift mortuary at the Hurghada General Hospital, hoping to make sense of what had happened from the faces of the 14 broken and bruised bodies. Squatting outside were 50 Muslims at their Friday prayer session. They faced the entrance of the mortuary - which happened to be the direction of Mecca. Who knows what their prayers were being offered for? Perhaps in their thoughts were the bereaved relatives filing out of the mortuary one by one with red eyes and heads down. Grief overcame any apprehension as families returned to their hotel on a bus with the large words 'Sakkara Tours' painted on the sides. Salah Mahmoud, the driver of the ill-fated bus, was from the same company. Police believe he was doing at least 120km/h on the Safagah Highway when the bus overturned. He is being held in a prison in Cairo as the investigation continues. The relatives were taken back to the five-star Hilton Hurghada Plaza after the mortuary visit, their mood out of sync with other holidaymakers - 10 young western tourists in bikinis were dancing to music blasting in the swimming pool between the lobby and the Red Sea. Some relatives insisted on revisiting the accident scene to perform a simple ritual to call on the spirits of the dead to return home. The wrecked bus had been removed, but a toppled lamp post was a reminder of the tragedy. Some Egyptians believe the site is an accident black spot, since the curve of the road means drivers find it tricky to adjust their speed. On Friday afternoon the relatives saw the problem for themselves, when a truck crashed near the scene of the tragedy. 'She should not die like that. It's heartbreaking,' said Ivy Chan Yuk-kwan, 49, whose best friend was killed in the accident. 'Why did the driver have to drive that fast?' For survivor Mr Leung, who lost his wife in the crash, his mission is to find out why Hong Kong tour groups paid no heed to their screams for help as their buses drove past the overturned one. 'Even now, I still cannot believe it,' he said. Everywhere you go in Hurghada, the locals have the same reaction when you tell them you are from Hong Kong. They say: 'Our country is so sorry about the crash. We feel so sad about it.' By yesterday afternoon, the relatives who made their sad journey last week were already on their way home from Hurghada. But they left behind them eight corpses - still in the Hurghada General Hospital awaiting the processing of legal papers before being flown back. How long it will take the bereaved and their friends to put last week's tragedy behind them, no one knows.