A Hong Kong tour escort told an inquest on Tuesday that his company did not officially inform him about the risks of hot air balloon activities before his tour’s ill-fated ride in Egypt in 2013, when a balloon caught fire, killing nine Hongkongers. Wilson Au, 30, of Kuoni travel agency also testified that his tour members were only told about the price, duration and connecting transport for the balloon ride. READ MORE: Tour guide for nine Hongkongers killed in Egypt balloon disaster testifies at inquest But they were not informed about what the balloon was made of, how it operated in the air, how high it would fly or which company would provide the service. The incident happened in Luxor, Egypt on February 26, 2013. Nineteen people died, including nine from Hong Kong aged between 33 and 62. A video played in court showed tour members smiling and waving at the camera as they were preparing to board the basket. The next video showed the balloon engulfed in black smoke mid-air before it fell to the ground in flames. “I recognise that to be our balloon,” said Au. Another video showed the cordoned-off crash site in sugar cane fields. READ MORE: Nine Hongkongers killed in Egypt’s Luxor balloon tragedy The tour escort recalled learning from his assistant that the fallen balloon was carrying his tour members and testified in tears that he had had trouble identifying the bodies in the aftermath. Asked if Kuoni informed him of the risks, Au said a supervisor and tour escort told him while chatting in the company office “how a hot air balloon was operated, and that its altitude, direction and flying distance would be controlled by wind”. This happened before his first tour to Egypt in September 2012. Coroner June Cheung Tin-ngan asked: “After your first trip to Egypt, were you told anything about the risk of taking part in hot air ballon activities?” “Negative, no,” Au replied. According to Au, who remains a guide at the travel agency, Kuoni no longer offers tours to Egypt or trips in hot air balloons.