A THIRD Briton has died following the horrific hot air balloon crash in Egypt today.
Tour operator Thomas Cook had earlier announced that two Britons had been killed and two more injured when the balloon plunged in flames to the ground in Luxor.
Shortly after 1pm the company said that one of the two injured Britons had since died. This took the total death toll to 19.
Witnesses described how they had seen tourists jumping from the balloon after it exploded at 1,000ft before crashing in fields.
Bodies of the dead were scattered across the fields around the remnants of the balloon.
The two Britons who initially survived were thought to have been in a critical condition when they were taken to hospital with the only other survivor – the Egyptian pilot.
Initially announcing the two British deaths, Thomas Cook UK and Europe chief executive Peter Fankhauser said: “What happened in Luxor this morning is a terrible tragedy and the thoughts of everyone in Thomas Cook are with our guests, their family and friends.”
He said the company had a very experienced team in Luxor and that full support was being provided to the family and friends of those who had died.
Thomas Cook said it was working with local officials and a full investigation would be taking taking place.
“While this investigation is under way, Thomas Cook UK has temporarily suspended sales of hot air balloon rides in Egypt,” the company added.