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07/01/2018 05:58 SAST | Updated 07/01/2018 06:27 SAST

Egypt Detains Four Over Hot Air Balloon Crash That Killed A South African Tourist

Luxor in Egypt has a history of hot air balloon crashes.

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A hot air balloon flies over Luxor on April 21, 2013.

Cairo - Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of four people over a hot air balloon crash that killed one tourist and wounded at least a dozen others.

Saturday's decision includes the balloon's pilot, the director of the airport from which it took off and two officials from the balloon-owning company. They were detained for four days pending an investigation.

READ HERE: SA Tourist Killed In Hot Air Balloon Crash

The incident occurred Friday when strong winds forced the balloon, carrying 20 tourists, off course above the southern city of Luxor. Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said other balloons carrying over 400 tourists had taken off and landed safely on Friday.

Balloon flights were resumed on Saturday.

Luxor has a history of hot air balloon crashes. The deadliest was in 2013 when at least 19 foreign tourists were killed when theirs caught fire.