Egyptian pilot to be imprisoned for balloon crash killing 19, 18 of them tourists

Posted on April 19, 2013 • Filed under: Egypt, Tourist Stories, Tourists Killed

As reported by, “The pilot of the hot-air balloon that crashed in Egypt in February killing 19 people – nine of them Hongkongers – has been arrested and ordered to prison pending the outcome of an investigation, balloon operators say. But the hospital where Moman Mourad is recovering under police guard, say he is still too ill to be moved. Meanwhile, aviation staff have gone on strike in protest at the arrest of balloon airport supervisor Mohamed al-Taher, who is also in custody while the investigation continues. The balloon, carrying 20 tourists and a pilot, caught fire and exploded after a failed landing in Luxor. The pilot and a British tourist were the only survivors.” Read Article

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