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In this image made available by Christopher Michel, the launch site near Luxor in Egypt, shortly prior to a hot air balloon explosion which killed at least 18 tourists including a number of tourists Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013. Witnesses described hearing a loud explosion before seeing plumes of smoke as the balloon caught fire and plunged into a sugar cane field west of Luxor, which is 320 miles (510km) south of the capital Cairo. The casualties are believed to include British and French tourists, as well as other nationalities, a security official in the country said. (AP Photo/Christopher Michel)

Egypt hot air balloon tragedy

A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor

caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Feb. 26, killing 19 foreign tourists in one of the world's deadliest ballooning

accidents and handing a new blow to Egypt's ailing tourism industry.