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Chinese cook rescued by Japan after trying to fly balloon to disputed islands

Coastguard picks up 35-year-old whose balloon crashed 20km from islands at the centre of dispute between Japan and China.

The chinese balloon after crashing into the ocean.

A Chinese cook who tried to fly a hot-air balloon to islands claimed by both China and Japan has been rescued by Japan’s coastguard after crashing into the sea.

Xu Shuaijun, 35, crashed on Wednesday after hitting turbulence as he approached the islands, known in Japan as Senkaku and in China as Diayou, the coastguard said.

The coastguard received a missing-person report from Taiwanese officials, and a coastguard helicopter spotted Xu about 20km (12 miles) from the islands, it said.

He was picked up by a boat and later handed over to a Chinese patrol ship, according to the coastguard. His life was not in danger, although other details were not available.

The islands have been a sore point in bilateral relations for years, and nationalists from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong have occasionally tried to sail to them.

Balloon crashes near Luxor killing 19 tourists

British, French and Japanese nationals are reported to be among 19 tourists killed in a hot air balloon crash near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor.

The site in Luxor, about 40 minutes before the crash (Pic: @chrismichel)

The site in Luxor, about 40 minutes before the crash (Pic: @chrismichel)

The balloon was flying at 1,000 ft (300m) when it caught fire and exploded, plunging onto fields west of Luxor, officials said.

Two people, including the balloon’s pilot, reportedly survived the crash.

Luxor lies on the banks of the River Nile and is home to some of Egypt’s most famous pharaonic-era ruins.

“There were 20 passengers aboard. An explosion happened and 19 passengers died. One tourist and the pilot survived,” Ahmed Aboud, a representative of balloon firms in Luxor, told Reuters news agency.

The British foreign office told the BBC it was making urgent inquiries with its colleagues in Egypt to confirm reports of British casualties.

The crash occurred in Luxor, Egypt

The crash occurred in Luxor, Egypt

NBC News quoted a Luxor health official as saying that the victims include nine from Hong Kong, four from Japan, two from the United Kingdom and two from France, with two yet to be identified.

Cherry Tohamy, an Egyptian living in Kuwait who was on holiday in Luxor, told the BBC her balloon was landing when she heard an explosion and saw flames from a balloon above.

“Our pilot told us that the balloon had hit a high pressure electrical cable and a cylinder on board exploded,” she said. “People were jumping out of the balloon from about the height of a seven-storey building.”

Police and rescuers inspect the wreckage of the hot air balloon. Photograph: Reuters

Police and rescuers inspect the wreckage of the hot air balloon. Photograph: Reuters

Tourism official Ahmed Aboud said the balloon was at around 300 metres (1,000 feet) above Luxor when the blast happened.

The pilot survived by jumping from the basket when it was 10-15 metres from the ground, said Aboud, head of an association representing Luxor balloon operators. The pilot was being treated for burns.

Hot air ballooning is a popular way for tourists to see Luxor’s famous sites, such as Karnak temple and the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

Luxor, like many other parts of Egypt, has seen a sharp downturn in visitor numbers since the uprising in early 2011 that forced long-time President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

This video shows the moment a hot air balloon crashes near Luxor,

(BBC,, The Guardian)

Pilot dies as Goodyear zeppelin crashes in Germany ! photos

Goodyear-branded airshipA Goodyear-branded A60 airship burned and crashed in Germany on Sunday evening with one death, the ship’s pilot. The three passengers, all journalists, survived the crash. It appears the blimp caught fire following one or more prop strikes during landing at the Reichelsheim airport, south of Frankfurt, after a local flight.

The pilot was Australian Mike Nerandzic [photo]; it appears he may have saved his passengers at the risk of his own life.

Goodyear blimb on fire in Germany

Pilot dies as Goodyea zeppelin crashes in Germany

The accident happened at the Reichelsheim aerodrome, near Friedberg in central Germany as the aircraft was coming in to land.

Goodyear blimp crash

Two metres from the ground the pilot told his three passengers, all journalists, to jump to the ground while he tried to land safely, said a report on the Bild website, one of whose photographers had been on board.

zeppelin_crashOnce the three journalists evacuated the zeppelin, it climbed back up to 40 metres but then caught fire for reasons not yet clear, said police.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud noise from the engine and smelling petrol fumes.

The zeppelin had been making a promotional flight to mark a local festival.

The journalists who escaped were the photographer from Germany’s Bild magazine and two from RTL television.


Pilot dies as Goodyear blimp crashes in Germany

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