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16 tourists, including Canadian, hurt in Egypt balloon crash

A hot air balloon crash in Egypt has injured 16 tourists, including a Canadian woman, an Egyptian security official said.

A hot air balloon crash in Egypt has injured 16 tourists, including a Canadian woman, officials said.

Tourists can be seen in this photo, taken last month, as they prepare for a balloon ride over Luxor, Egypt. ((Patrick Morrell/CBC))

The balloon struck a cellphone transmission tower Saturday near Gourna village on the west bank of the Nile.

A doctor at Luxor International Hospital said the Canadian, a 47-year-old woman, suffered only scratches and bruises and has been released from hospital.

Those aboard the balloon, operated by a company called Magic Horizon, were from France, Belgium, England, Denmark, the U.S., Canada and South Korea.

Their flight took them over the ancient temple city of Luxor, a popular tourist destination.

With files from The Associated Press