Luxor - Hot air balloon flights in the southern Egyptian
city of Luxor are set to resume this week following the completion of a review
into a February crash that killed 19 tourists, said a civil aviation official on
Flights are to resume on Wednesday, after they were banned
in late February following the fatal crash, said Mohamed Ibrahim Sherif, head
of the Civil Aviation Authority.
Sherif said the company operating the balloon that crashed
will not resume operations until investigations into the incident are
The balloon's pilot faces charges of negligence and
A preliminary probe ruled out any criminal motive in the
accident, in which the balloon caught fire after a gas leak and exploded about
300 metres above the ground.
Balloon trips are popular in Luxor, which officials say is home
to 70% of Egypt's monuments.
The accident dealt a fresh blow to Egypt's tourism industry,
already reeling amid the political and street unrest that has plagued the
country since the 2011 people's revolt.