Scots woman killed in balloon fireball horror

EGYPT: A Scottish woman was among the Britons killed in a horror balloon crash in Egypt – thought to be the biggest of its kind in history.

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An investigation has been launched after 19 tourists died, including two British nationals and one British resident. They included Yvonne Rennie, from Perth.

Her husband Michael is in Luxor International Hospital and described as being "stable".

Mr Rennie, 49, and the Egyptian pilot, who is also in hospital, are the only survivors of the crash.

The British national and a British resident who died in the crash were named by sources as Joe Bampton, 40, and his Hungarian-born partner Suzanna Gyetvai, 34, both from Clapham, London.

Witnesses told how the balloon exploded into flames before crashing into sugar cane fields as it travelled over the Valley Of The Kings near Luxor.

They say they saw tourists jumping from the balloon after it exploded at 1000ft before crashing in fields. The four Britons were believed to have been among nine people who had jumped.

The names of the other British victims have not yet been released. Watch amateur footage of the crash below.

 

The Rennies' next-door neighbour, Linda Kettles, said: "They were very, very nice people. They were really looking forward to getting away."

The couple moved from Dundee to Perth about 10 years ago and although they have been together for a "long time" they were married only recently, Ms Kettles said.

Mrs Rennie was an appointments offier at Perth Royal Infirmary and Mr Rennie works in the construction industry, she said.

The couple and the two other Britons involved were on holiday with tour operator Thomas Cook.

The other tourists, including holidaymakers from France, Hong Kong and Japan, were all thought to have died in the explosion.

Authorities in Luxor, where there have been previous balloon crashes, have suspended all balloon flights.

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