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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153541
Last updated: 6 September 2019
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Date:26-FEB-2013
Time:c. 07:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ultramagic N-425 hot air balloon
Owner/operator:Egyptian Airship Balloon
Registration: SU-283
C/n / msn: 425/03?
Fatalities:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 21
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:W of Luxor -   Egypt
Phase: En route
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Luxor
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: ECAA
Narrative:
A tourist balloon on a sightseeing flight in Egypt caught fire and crashed west of Luxor.
An Ultra Magic N-425 hot air balloon, operated by Egyptian Airship Balloon caught fire during final approach which resulted in 18 fatalities and 2 injured passengers in addition to the pilot who jumped from the balloon. One British passenger died later at Luxor Hospital of his injuries.

3.1 Probable causes of the accident:

The probable cause for the accident as seen by the investigation committee is due to a hose fuel leak at the upper portion of the forward right hose connected to burner number 193 capturing its ignition source from burner's fire causing a fire that caused a major and direct injury to the balloon captain.

3.2 Contributing factors:
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Maintenance actions that were carried out on the hoses could not indicate the need to replace the hose that was the cause of the accident.
The P/N of the hose connected to burner 193 was for a hose made in 2005 and therefore, it has accumulated high flight hours and sometimes under adverse conditions. This service life and conditions increase the likelihood that the hose experienced weaknesses/defects, that could have contribute to the gas leak.

See complete report below.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21584413
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/02/201322664527875359.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/26/us-egypt-luxor-balloon-idUSBRE91P04S20130226
http://www.civilaviation.gov.eg/News/news%20pages%20ar/13.html

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: ECAA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Feb-2013 00:36 harro Added
26-Feb-2013 00:44 harro Updated [Source, Embed code]
26-Feb-2013 00:44 RobertMB Updated [Other fatalities, Source]
26-Feb-2013 07:38 FERRYAIR Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Narrative]
26-Feb-2013 07:39 harro Updated [Source]
26-Feb-2013 09:15 RobertMB Updated [Time, Cn, Narrative]
27-Feb-2013 07:58 suzy Updated [[Time, Cn, Narrative]]
27-Feb-2013 07:58 harro Updated [Source]
27-Feb-2013 23:56 chullian1819 Updated [Embed code]
06-Jan-2014 20:38 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2018 09:27 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
15-Sep-2018 07:57 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]

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