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Families of tourists killed in balloon accident arrive in Egypt to identify bodies

An Egyptian airport official says relatives of some of the western and Asian tourists killed in a balloon accident have arrived in Egypt to identify the bodies of the victims.

Nineteen tourists died Tuesday when the hot air balloon they were riding caught fire and plummeted about 1,000 feet to the ground in the ancient city of Luxor in southern Egypt. One British tourist survived along with the pilot of the balloon, who was badly injured.

An airport official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, says relatives of nine tourists from Hong Kong arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to identify the bodies of the victims.