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Egyptian balloon pilots defend colleague

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LUXOR, Egypt -- Hot air balloon pilots in Egypt's city of Luxor are defending their colleague who survived this week's fatal crash that killed 19 tourists.
Tuesday's crash was one of the world's deadliest ballooning accidents. Initial reports said the balloon was in the process of landing when a cable got caught around a gas tube and a fire erupted.
Pilots who know the Egyptian pilot, Momin Murad, said he has an eight-year track record of flying balloons without incident. The pilot, who sustained severe burns, and a British tourist were the only survivors.
In a press conference in Luxor Saturday, the pilots also defended Egypt's safety measures for the popular tourism activity, saying the company that operated the balloon that crashed had canceled trips the day before due to bad weather.
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