Feb. 27 - British consul John Hamilton visits the site of a balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt where 19 people were killed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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British consul John Hamilton visited the site of a hot air balloon crash near the ancient Egyptian town of Luxor on Wednesday (February 27), the day after the balloon caught fire and fell to the ground, killing 19 people.
The British government said two British citizens and a British resident of Egypt were among the dead, who were mainly European and Asian tourists.
The balloon came down in farmland a few kilometres from the Valley of the Kings and pharaonic temples popular with tourists.
Rescue workers had gathered the dead from the field where the charred remains of the balloon, gas canisters and other pieces of wreckage landed.
Speaking from the site on Wednesday, Hamilton said British authorities were working with the families of the British victims.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH CONSUL, JOHN HAMILTON, SAYING:
"We are working with the families of the British people, I know my colleagues from other embassies are working with their own nationals as well. We have been having a great deal of assistance and co-operation from the Egyptian authorities and we're very thankful for everything they are been doing so far as well."
Hot air ballooning at dawn is popular with tourists, who are a mainstay of the Egyptian economy.
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