17:58 27 February 2013
It has been confirmed that 19 people have died as a result of the hot air balloon crash that took place this week near the city of Luxor, South Egypt. Now, the names of three British people have been revealed.
Those who died have been named as; Joe Bampton, aged 40, Suzanna Gyetvai, 34, and Yvonne Rennie.
One survivor of the
is Michael Rennie, a Brit who is reportedly being treated for his injuries in an Egyptian hospital. Tragically he lost his wife as a result of the incident.
It is believed there was an explosion on board the balloon, and that consequently it descended from a height of 1,000 feet. Many people jumped from the balloon in a bid to reach safety.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “The next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with them and their families at this difficult time. We are providing them with consular assistance."
The Foreign Office confirmed that they were “making urgent inquiries with the authorities in Egypt” following the incident.
Luxor lies over 300miles south of Cairo close to the River Nile. It offers many attractions for tourists including ruins and monuments. Visitors can access the Valley of the Kings as well as the Valley of the Queens from Luxor.
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