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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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'She was my world': Egypt balloon survivor's tribute to wife

Michael Rennie, who was involved in the tragic hot air balloon incident in Egypt in which his wife, Yvonne died has issued the following statement through the Foreign Office:

I would like to thank the staff at both hospitals in Cairo and Luxor, the British Embassy - especially Hala Hamam and John Hamilton - and Kathryn Brace from Thomas Cook for helping me through these last few days. Yvonne was my rock, my friend, my shoulder to cry on. She was my world. My heartfelt condolences go out to the other families that have lost relatives around the world in this terrible disaster.

I would be grateful to the media for respecting my privacy and that of my family at this difficult time.

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