An investigation is underway in Egypt after 19 people – including two Britons and a UK resident – died in a hot air balloon crash.

Amateur footage shows smoke billowing from the balloon before it falls around 1,000 feet to the ground during a sunrise flight near the ancient city of Luxor.

Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad imposed an immediate ban on all hot air balloon flights in the province as Prime Minister Hisham Qandil ordered the investigation.

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Michael Rennie survived but his wife, Yvonne, died

British nationals Yvonne Rennie and Joe Bampton, and Mr Bampton’s partner, Hungarian-born UK resident Suzanna Gyetvai, were named as being among those killed.

Mrs Rennie’s husband Michael, 49, is in hospital after leaping from the balloon as it exploded and plunged to the ground in flames.

Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion before seeing plumes of smoke as the balloon caught fire. People were seen jumping out from “about the height of a seven-storey building”.

A spokeswoman at Luxor international hospital said Mr Rennie was in a stable condition.

Joe Bampton and Suzanna Gyetvai
Victims Joe Bampton and his girlfriend Suzanna Gyetvai

Mr Bampton, 40, and Ms Gyetvai, 34, were from Clapham, south London.

Mr and Mrs Rennie, from Perth, Scotland, were described as “very nice people” who only spent the weekends together due to work commitments.

Neighbour Linda Kettles said: “They were very, very nice people who kept themselves to themselves.

“They’ve gone on holiday to enjoy themselves. They only get the weekends together and any break together is good for them.

“They were really looking forward to getting away. I’m totally devastated by the news. I really feel for their families.”

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

The only other survivor of the crash was the pilot, an Egyptian man, who is in hospital with burns to 60% of his body.

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