Ballooning http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30098/all en NASA science balloon breaks longest flight record http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/nasa-science-balloon-breaks-longest-flight-record <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>After more than 55 days flying over Antarctica, NASA's huge Super-TIGER scientific balloon has broken the record for the longest flight of its kind, bringing back a wealth of data, the US space agency said Monday.</p> <p>The Super-TIGER balloon spent 55 days, one hour and 34 minutes aloft at an altitude of 127,000 feet (38,710 meters), beating the old record set in 2009 by just over a day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/nasa-science-balloon-breaks-longest-flight-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ballooning Cosmic ray Human Interest National Aeronautics and Space Administration Physics Technology AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 01:15:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745909 at http://www.globalpost.com 19 dead as tourist balloon explodes at Luxor: Egypt security http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/19-dead-tourist-balloon-explodes-at-luxor-egypt-security <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A hot air balloon exploded as it was flying over Egypt's ancient temple city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing 19 people including tourists from Hong Kong, Japan, France and Britain, a security official said.</p> <p>"Nineteen people died," the official told AFP.</p> <p>The balloon which was carrying 21 people was flying at 300 metres (yards) over Qurna, in Luxor's West Bank, when it caught fire before exploding, the official said.</p> <p>The two survivors, including the balloon's pilot, have been taken to hospital, he said.</p> <p>str-jaz/bpz</p> Ballooning Nevada AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:46:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766665 at http://www.globalpost.com 19 dead as tourist balloon explodes at Luxor: Egypt security http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/19-dead-tourist-balloon-explodes-at-luxor-egypt-security-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A hot air balloon exploded as it was flying over Egypt's ancient temple city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing 19 people including tourists from Hong Kong, Japan, France and Britain, a security official said.</p> <p>"Nineteen people died," the official told AFP.</p> <p>The balloon which was carrying 21 people was flying at 300 metres (yards) over Qurna, in Luxor's West Bank, when it caught fire before exploding, the official said.</p> <p>The two survivors, including the balloon's pilot, have been taken to hospital, he said.</p> <p>str-jaz/bpz</p> Ballooning Nevada AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:46:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766666 at http://www.globalpost.com 19 tourists killed as balloon explodes at Egypt's Luxor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/19-tourists-killed-balloon-explodes-at-egypts-luxor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A hot air balloon caught fire and exploded as it was flying over Egypt's ancient temple city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing 19 tourists, a security official said.</p> <p>An employee at the company operating the balloon told AFP the tourists were from Korea, Japan and Britain, as well as one Egyptian.</p> <p>"This is terrible, just terrible," the employee told AFP by telephone in floods of tears, declining to give her name.</p> <p> "We don't yet know what happened exactly or what went wrong," she said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/19-tourists-killed-balloon-explodes-at-egypts-luxor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Balloon Ballooning Business Labor Law Nevada AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:46:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766679 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226-5 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nine Hong Kong people feared dead in Egypt hot air balloon crash: travel agency</p> <p>at-ia/mtp</p> Ballooning AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:16:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766729 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 6-Egypt balloon crash kills 19, mostly foreign tourists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/update-3-egypt-balloon-crash-kills-18-asian-european-tourists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Tourism official says explosion was an accident</p> <p>* Local people heard huge blast that shook homes</p> <p>* Dawn hot air balloon flights popular with tourists (Adds British government statement)</p> <p>By Marwa Awad</p> <p>LUXOR, Egypt, Feb 26 (Reuters) - At least 19 people, most of them Asian and European tourists, died on Tuesday when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed near the ancient Egyptian town of Luxor after a mid-air gas explosion, officials said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/update-3-egypt-balloon-crash-kills-18-asian-european-tourists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aeronautics Africa Arab world Aviation Ballooning Business Entertainment Labor Law Nevada Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:45:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5766792 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226-12 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two Britons killed, two hurt in Egypt balloon crash: tour operator</p> <p>gj/ar/yad</p> Ballooning AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:15:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766807 at http://www.globalpost.com Recent deadly balloon accidents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/recent-deadly-balloon-accidents <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The explosion of a hot air balloon, killing up to 19 tourists, over Egypt's Luxor on Tuesday is the most deadly accident of this type over the past two decades:</p> <p>- EGYPT: On Tuesday, a hot air balloon catches fire and explodes over Egypt's ancient temple city of Luxor during a sunrise flight, killing up to 19 tourists, including Asians and Europeans.</p> <p>- SLOVENIA: On August 23, 2012, six people, including a child, are killed when a balloon crashes near Ljubljana after hitting a tree and catching fire as the pilot loses control due to strong winds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/recent-deadly-balloon-accidents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aeronautics Aviation Ballooning AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:16:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766812 at http://www.globalpost.com 9 H.K. people, 2 Japanese feared dead in Egypt balloon crash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/9-hk-people-2-japanese-feared-dead-egypt-balloon-crash-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nine Hong Kong people are feared to be among the 19 killed after a hot air balloon exploded over Egypt's ancient temple city of Luxor on Tuesday, a tour operator said.</p> <p>Two Japanese tourists were also said to have died.</p> <p>"We believe that there is a high possibility that nine of our customers have died," said Raymond Ng, general manager of travel agency Kuoni, which organised the Hong Kongers' tour.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/9-hk-people-2-japanese-feared-dead-egypt-balloon-crash-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Balloon Ballooning Business Entertainment Hong Kong Labor Law AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:17:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766826 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Two French killed in Egypt balloon crash: foreign ministry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/urgent-two-french-killed-egypt-balloon-crash-foreign-ministry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France on Tuesday confirmed that two French citizens were among up to 19 people killed when a hot air balloon exploded and crashed in the Egyptian city of Luxor.</p> <p>"I can confirm that sadly two of our citizens died in this accident," French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said. "We are in contact with their families."</p> <p>cf/mm/ach/yad</p> Ballooning AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:17:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766868 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Hot air balloons banned in Luxor after crash: governor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/urgent-hot-air-balloons-banned-luxor-after-crash-governor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The governor of Egypt's southern province of Luxor on Tuesday ordered a ban of all hot air balloons flights in the ancient temple city following a deadly crash that killed 19 tourists.</p> <p>"Governor Ezzat Saad ordered that all balloon companies stop working, and that no hot hair balloon flights take off from Luxor," the official MENA news agency reported, without specifying how long the ban would remain in place.</p> <p>jaz/bpz</p> Aviation Ballooning Governor Nevada AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:17:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766874 at http://www.globalpost.com Third Briton dies after Egypt balloon crash: tour operator http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/third-briton-dies-after-egypt-balloon-crash-tour-operator <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A third British tourist has died after a hot air balloon exploded in the Egyptian city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing up to 19 people, tour operator Thomas Cook said.</p> <p>The latest victim died after being taken to a local hospital for treatment to injuries. A fourth Briton was hurt in the accident and is receiving treatment in hospital.</p> <p>"We can confirm that a third Thomas Cook guest (one of the two originally reported as injured) has now sadly died," the tour operator said in a statement.</p> <p>A spokesman confirmed that all four Britons involved had flown to Egypt from Britain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/third-briton-dies-after-egypt-balloon-crash-tour-operator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ballooning Nevada Thomas Cook AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:16:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767001 at http://www.globalpost.com Two Britons, one British resident die in Egypt balloon crash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/two-britons-one-british-resident-die-egypt-balloon-crash <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two Britons and a British resident were among up to 19 tourists killed when a hot air balloon exploded in the Egyptian city of Luxor on Tuesday, Britain's Foreign Office said.</p> <p>"We can confirm the tragic deaths of two British nationals and one British resident following a hot air balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt earlier today," the Foreign Office said in a statement.</p> <p>The British resident is understood to be Hungarian.</p> <p>Another British tourist is "in a stable condition" following the accident, the Foreign Office said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/two-britons-one-british-resident-die-egypt-balloon-crash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Balloon Ballooning Nevada AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:30:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767392 at http://www.globalpost.com 9 H.K. people, 4 Japanese feared dead in Egypt balloon crash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/9-hk-people-4-japanese-feared-dead-egypt-balloon-crash <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nine Hong Kong people are feared to be among the 19 killed after a hot air balloon exploded over Egypt's ancient temple city of Luxor on Tuesday, a tour operator said.</p> <p>Four Japanese tourists were also said to have died.</p> <p>"We believe that there is a high possibility that nine of our customers have died," said Raymond Ng, general manager of travel agency Kuoni, which organised the Hong Kongers' tour.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/9-hk-people-4-japanese-feared-dead-egypt-balloon-crash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Balloon Ballooning Business Entertainment Hong Kong Labor Law AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:31:16 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767399 at http://www.globalpost.com Egypt PM orders probe into deadly balloon crash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/egypt-pm-orders-probe-deadly-balloon-crash <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Egypt's prime minister has ordered an investigation following the deaths of up to 19 tourists in a fiery hot-air balloon crash during a sunrise flight over the ancient temple city of Luxor.</p> <p>The balloon, carrying 20 tourists from Hong Kong, Japan, France, Britain and Hungary, along with the pilot, was flying at 300 metres (1,000 feet) when it caught fire, exploded and plunged to earth, a security official said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/egypt-pm-orders-probe-deadly-balloon-crash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aeronautics Aviation Ballooning Business Labor Law AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:15:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5768059 at http://www.globalpost.com