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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Luxor crash victims were ‘creative and sensitive’

Zsi Gyetvai and Joe Bampton were amongst the 19 people tragically killed. Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/PA

The mother of Joe Bampton, who died in the Luxor hot air balloon crash with his girlfriend Zsi Gyetvai, has described the pair as “wonderfully creative and sensitive individuals”.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Maureen Bampton said: “I would like to thank everyone for their messages of condolence, cards and flowers following the tragic deaths of my son Joe Bampton and his girlfriend Zsi Gyetvai in Egypt on Tuesday.

“My son and Zsi were wonderfully creative and sensitive individuals who lived life to the full and enjoyed being in Clapham Common with their dog Ollie.

“Joe and Zsi will be sadly missed by their families, and work colleagues and their many, many good friends.”

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