At least 19 foreign tourists were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt.
Two people reportedly survived, including the pilot.
CNN cited EgyNews as saying 21 people were in the balloon when it plummeted almost 1,000 feet near the Nile resort town, apparently after a gas explosion.
Al-Ahram online cited a source at Sky Cruise as saying that the hose attached to the gas tanks was cut by workers tugging the rope of the balloon during landing.
Reuters quoted a spokesman for companies that operate balloon flights in the area, Ahmed Aboud, as saying:
“There were 20 passengers aboard. An explosion happened and 19 passengers died. One tourist and the pilot survived.”
The BBC cited a witness as saying passengers were jumping out of the balloon, “from about the height of a seven-story building”.
Luxor is a popular spot for hot air ballooning, with visitors coming to see Pharaonic temples and the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, including that of Tutankhamen.
Six Colombians and a British national were injured on February 26, 2008, when their hot air balloons crashed around Luxor