Balloon pilots defend colleague who survived Egyptian crash
on 02/03/2013 19:44:39
Tuesday's crash was one of the world's deadliest ballooning accidents. Initial reports said the balloon was in the process of landing when a cable got caught around a gas tube and a fire erupted.
Pilots who know the Egyptian pilot, Momin Murad, say he has an eight-year track record of flying balloons without incident. The pilot, who suffered severe burns, and a British tourist were the only survivors.
In a press conference in Luxor today, the pilots also defended Egypt's safety measures for the popular touristic activity, saying the company that operated the balloon which crashed had cancelled trips the previous day due to bad weather.