Egyptians defend balloon safety

Colleagues of an Egyptian pilot who was flying a balloon which killed 19 tourists when it crashed near Luxor, have defended his safety record.

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Neighbours shock at deaths of 'lovely couple' in Luxor

A neighbour of the couple who died in the Egypt hot air balloon crash yesterday expressed her shock over their deaths.

Hungarian-born Suzanna Gyetvai. Credit: Facebook

Allison Robertson, 56, who lived next door, said: "They were a lovely couple - very quiet, unassuming people. It's such a waste of life. They were young and it's very sad."

Joe Bampton and his partner Suzanna Gyetvai worked as antiques dealers and had lived at their home in Clapham for two to three years, Ms Robertson added.

Joe Bampton turned 40 a few weeks ago. Credit: Facebook

Neighbour Bernard Gentry, 53, said: "They were a pleasant couple. I used to speak to them in the garden with their dog. I'm shocked they could die in such tragic circumstances on holiday."

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