In another blow to the tourism industry, a hot air balloon was diverted off course and forced down in Luxor.
22 Chinese tourists were slightly injured on Tuesday while taking a hot air balloon ride in historic Luxor in Upper Egypt, according to Masrawy.
The Chinese tourists were flying over the Pharaonic temples in a hot air balloon when the air current pushed the balloon from the west of the city to its east. In an attempt to control the movement of the balloon and landing it in Hebeil area, the balloon hit the ground. The tourists on board suffered bruises and scratches and were then rushed to the Luxor International Hospital for treatment.
Upper Egypt’s Investigation Inspector of Tourism and Antiquities, Dean Abu Al Haggag Kamal, who supervised the hospital transfer confirmed the safety of all tourists and stated that they will soon be transferred to the Karnak Temples to resume their tour.
The city usually witnesses, on the same day, eight flights in the same area, carrying a total of 154 tourists of different backgrounds every day.