SA family finalising repatriation of body of Luxor hot air balloon crash victim

The 34-year-old man died on Friday morning when the pilot lost control of the hot air balloon in bad weather.

The remains of a hot air balloon are seen on the ground near the ancient city of Luxor after a fatal crash on 5 January 2018. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The International Relations Department says the family of a South African man who died in a hot air balloon crash in Egypt is in contact with the embassy in Cairo to finalise the repatriation of his body.

The 34-year-old man died on Friday morning when the pilot lost control of the hot air balloon in bad weather.

Twelve other tourists of varying nationalities were also injured when the balloon came down near Luxor in the northern African country.

The Egyptian embassy in South Africa says four men have been arrested in connection with the crash, pending an investigation.

The embassy’s Ayman Walash says: "There’s an ongoing investigation and there are four people from that company who operated the balloon that are being investigated. The public prosecutor in Egypt has opened a case regarding the incident."