Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

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Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

Post by Barb » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:37 am

I have just received a call from my friend Nagwa to say that there is going to be a MEMORIAL SERVICE at the crash site, organised by the Luxor Governorate TOMORROW (1st March). Anyone in Luxor who wishes to attend this please meet at the IBEROTEL (Novotel) HOTEL at 3.30 pm where a bus will be waiting to transport us over to the West Bank. The bus will be leaving at 4.00 SHARP so please DO NOT be late or you will miss it. Thank you.

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Re: Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

Post by HEPZIBAH » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:57 am

I am in the UK but will be there in heart and soul and mind.
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Re: Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

Post by Mad Dilys » Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:46 pm

HEPZIBAH wrote:I am in the UK but will be there in heart and soul and mind.
Me too.

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Re: Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

Post by carrie » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:05 pm

Thank you very much Barb for the information.

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Re: Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

Post by Winged Isis » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:12 am

Did anyone go who would care to report?
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Re: Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

Post by LivinginLuxor » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:28 am

The BBC and CNN had correspondents there - I caught the last half of the report on BBCWorld. I couldn't see any Europeans in shot though.
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Re: Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

Post by Barb » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:10 am

Yes quite a few of us went. It was a very emotional day. It was a bit of a media circus though. :(

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Re: Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

Post by Chocolate Eclair » Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:28 pm

The media can make anything like this a circus Barb, but as long as it was kept in the right format and the ceremony was for the right reason I am sure that it would be very emotional. Its also nice to know that the Governor and the head of the province made an effort to share their condolences. I had other engagements, but am sure the people of Luxor would have turned out well for this. Thanks for letting the people of Luxor know about this.

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Re: Memorial service tomorrow, 1st March.

Post by DJKeefy » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:21 pm

Diplomats, local officials, attend memorial at scene of deadly balloon crash.

A memorial service was held in the Egyptian city of Luxor on Friday for the 19 foreign tourists who died in what appears to be the deadliest ballooning accident on record.

The service was attended by the Governor of Luxor and diplomats from the embassies of Britain, China, Hungary and Japan.

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Eino Chai, from the Japanese embassy issued a heartfelt tribute at the memorial.

"I'd like to extend my sincere condolences to the victims families. I think it was a very frightening and sad experience that shouldn't have happened," he said.

British tourist Andy Welsh revealed that he knew four of the victims and had even spoken to two of them, just days before the fatal crash.

"I knew four people on that balloon. Two English and two French. The two French stayed at the Sofitel (hotel) and I had only talked to them a couple of days previous (to the accident). It's so sad," he said.

The hot air balloon was carrying 20 tourists from Hong Kong, Japan, Britain, Belgium, Hungary and France on a sunrise flight over Luxor's landmark sites and desert landscape.

The disaster occurred when the balloon was trying to land, shortly after 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Tuesday.

Initial investigations suggested that the fire broke out when a landing cable tore one of the balloon's fuel tubes used to fire the burner that heats the air in the balloon.

Investigators alleged that the pilot had jumped out of the balloon's gondola when the fire first broke out, whilst still relatively close to the ground.

The balloon then rose back up, to some 300 metres (1,000 feet), and once the fire spread the balloon subsequently burst.

Amateur video taken from another balloon flying nearby shows it crashing it back to the ground.

The only other survivor was a tourist from Britain, who is believed to have escaped at the same time as the pilot. Both he and the pilot were being treated in military hospitals in Cairo, as families of some of the victims arrived in the country to identify their loved ones.

The tragedy raised worries of another blow to the nation's vital tourism industry, decimated by two years of unrest since the 2011 revolution that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The southern city of Luxor has been hit hard, with vacant hotel rooms and empty cruise ships.

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