Rides in Egypt
Hot air balloons are commonly used in Egypt to provide tourists with an aerial view of the country’s landscape and famous landmarks.In Luxor, such rides offer views of the Nile River, the temple of Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings, among other attractions.Concerns over passenger safety have been raised from time to time, with multiple crashes reported in 2007, 2008 and 2009.In April 2009, 16 people were hurt when a balloon crashed during a tour of Luxor. After the crash, flights were grounded for six months while safety measures were improved. Pilot training was increased and balloons were given a designated landing zone.Following the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the rule of law has largely been ignored.
Sky Cruise, the operator of the balloon, had suffered a previous accident in October 2011 The company has stated that it is properly insured and prepared to compensate victims’ families.