Hot Air Balloon Crashes in LUXOR, EGYPT: Yahoo!

The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “BALLOON CRASH in Egypt’s Luxor kills 19 tourists” (Web-site/URL:

“A hot air balloon carrying tourists over Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor caught fire Tuesday (February 26, 2013), and some passengers trying to escape the flames LEAPED to their deaths before the craft CRASHED in a sugar cane field. At least 19 tourists were killed in one of the world’s DEADLIEST ballooning accidents“.

The accident was A NEW BLOW to Egypt’s tourism industry, which has been GUTTED by the country’s TURMOIL the past two years (2011-2012)” obviously. The southern city of Luxor, site of some of the most dramatic pharaonic temples, has been particularly hard hit, with EMPTY HOTELS WORSENING the area’s POVERTY“, which will remain a critical issue moving forwardThis is exactly why some students at The AMERICAN University of DUBAI want to tackle this very issue (Web-site/URL:

“After the early morning crash, authorities suspended hot air balloon flights, a popular tourist attraction here (Luxor, Egypt), while investigators worked to determine the cause. The crash RAISED ACCUSATIONS  that authorities have let safety standards fall amid the political instability since the 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak — though the civil aviation chief insisted his ministry keeps stringent inspections of balloons”. “raised accusations” of course is the latest/yet another example of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL:

“The balloon was carrying 20 tourists — from France, Britain, Belgium, Hungary, Japan and Hong Kong — and an Egyptian pilot on a sunrise flight over Luxor, officials said”.

“According to initial indications, it was in the process of landing after 7 a.m. when A LANDING CABLE GOT CAUGHT AROUND A HELIUM TUBE and A FIRE ERUPTED, according to an investigator with the state prosecutor’s office”.

“The balloon then SHOT UP IN THE AIR, the investigator said. The fire SET OFF AN EXPLOSION OF A GAS CANISTER and the balloon PLUNGED some 300 meters (1,000 feet) to the ground, according to an Egyptian security official. It crashed in a sugar cane field outside al-Dhabaa village just west of Luxor, 510 kilometers (320 miles) south of Cairo, the official said”. This sequence of events had to be TERRIFYING.

“The official and the investigator spoke on condition of anonymity because THEY WERE NOT AUTHORIZED TO SPEAK TO THE MEDIA“, the latest/yet another example of MEDIA CENSORSHIP/A LACK OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

According to Hassan Abdel-Rasoul, “a farmer in al-Dhabaa”, “I saw tourists catching fire and they were JUMPING FROM THE BALLOON. They were TRYING to flee the fire, but it was ON THEIR BODIES“. Again, this was HORRIFYING. “He said one of those he saw on fire was a VISIBLY PREGNANT woman“.

According to Mohammed Osman, “head of Luxor’s Tourism Chamber”, “Tourism is DYING here already and the tourists killed in the balloon will make things WORSE” obviously. “He BLAMED civil aviation authorities, who are in charge of licensing and inspecting balloons, accusing them of negligence“. This is the latest/yet another example of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: “There is NO OVERSIGHT and NO ONE IS CHECKING ANYTHING. I DON’T want to BLAME the revolution for everything, but THE LAXNESS STARTED WITH  the revolution”“started with”HERE WE GO AGAIN.  “These people are NOT doing their job, they are NOT checking the balloons and they just issue the licenses WITHOUT INSPECTION“. This is the latest DISSATISFIED/ANGRY/DISGRUNTLED remark/the latest expression of FRUSTRATION (Web-site/URL:

“Civil Aviation Minister Wael el-Maadawi, who flew to Luxor to oversee the investigation, said the balloon that crashed had been inspected earlier this month as a requirement for renewing the company’s license. Speaking to Al-Jazeera Mubasher television, he said safety standards were “normally HIGH (?)” and that there must have been extreme circumstances that led to the crash”. “This is a PAINFUL (?) accident“. Given that he works for MORSY, we have to wonderIS IT “painful” for el-Maadawi or is this just the latest/another FREAK SHOW? “IT IS PREMATURE to say whether it is maintenance or a human error until the investigation is over, whether the tube was unhooked because of a maintenance error or because it was pulled, someone stepped on it and pulled it“. 

Finally, “In August (2012), Morsi flew to Luxor to ENCOURAGE (?) tourism there, about a month after he took office and vowed that Egypt was SAFE FOR TOURISTS“. “Egypt is safer than (ever?) before and is (?)” REALLY? This is another example of MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PROPAGANDA



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