Hot air balloon with tourists drifts away in Luxor

 Hot air balloon with tourists drifts away in Luxor

Egyptian officials say eleven tourists are safe after their hot air balloon drifted away, forcing them to land in the country’s southern desert.

The officials say the tourists — five Indians, four Chinese, a British and an Egyptian — were ballooning over ancient Egyptian temples in the southern province of Luxor when strong winds took them off course and westward into the desert.

Their pilot managed to regain control of the balloon and they eventually landed safely. A search airplane located the balloon and cars were dispatched to drive the tourists back to Luxor, the AP reported.

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