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Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative: A tourist balloon on a sightseeing flight in Egypt caught fire and crashed west of Luxor. An Ultra Magic N-425 hot air balloon, operated by Egyptian Airship Balloon caught fire during final approach which resulted in 18 fatalities and 2 injured passengers in addition to the pilot who jumped from the balloon. One British passenger died later at Luxor Hospital of his injuries.
3.1 Probable causes of the accident:
The probable cause for the accident as seen by the investigation committee is due to a hose fuel leak at the upper portion of the forward right hose connected to burner number 193 capturing its ignition source from burner's fire causing a fire that caused a major and direct injury to the balloon captain.
3.2 Contributing factors: Maintenance actions that were carried out on the hoses could not indicate the need to replace the hose that was the cause of the accident. The P/N of the hose connected to burner 193 was for a hose made in 2005 and therefore, it has accumulated high flight hours and sometimes under adverse conditions. This service life and conditions increase the likelihood that the hose experienced weaknesses/defects, that could have contribute to the gas leak.