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Investigation shows no criminal suspicion in balloon crash

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:47 AM 
The bodies of tourists who died after a hot air balloon crashed lie on the ground in Luxor February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Preliminary investigations have revealed that a hot air balloon crash that killed 19 tourists on Tuesday was not due to a criminal act.

A hot air balloon carrying 21 passengers crashed in Luxor on Tuesday as a result of a mid-air gas explosion 300 meters above land.

According to the state news agency, four prosecution teams were formed to follow up on the accident, hear witness accounts and watch the developments closely. 

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