reports of a dreadful Balloon Accident in Egypt this morning. Initial reports are sketchy, but it seems clear that there has been yet another accident during one of the ever popular balloon rides in Luxor." />

Tragic Hot Air Balloon Accident in Egypt

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Unfortunately this incident appears to have lead to fatalities.  We have responded to previous hot-air balloon accidents, calling for tighter regulation and better redress for victims that we have acted for. Undoubtedly this accident will lead to a review of the how these pleasure rides are handled in Egypt, and hopefully elsewhere too.

Balloon operators in a number of jurisdictions are very poorly regulated, although I understand the regulation was tightened up in Egypt following an accident in 2009. It is hoped that the revised regulations and safety precautions were being enforced. It appears that this was a dreadful accident and I can only hope that initial reports as to the number of fatalities and injured parties is revised down. 

Daniel Scognamiglio
Partner
Team Leader
Claims Abroad team

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