Pilot, passenger killed in glider crash at Gouna Airport in Hurghada, prosecution investigates accident

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Thu, 06 Aug 2020 - 11:53 GMT

CAIRO - 6 August 2020: Two passengers have died in a hospital after a forced landing by an Apollo Fox glider at Gouna Airport in Hurghada after a recreational flight above Gouna resort.
 
The 38-year old pilot went into a coma and suffered multiple fractures, brain hemorrhage and suspected concussion on Thursday. A 61-year old passenger also went into a coma and suffered the same injuries. 
 
The glider allows only two passengers at a time and takes off daily for a aerial view of the Red Sea resort. It crashed on the runway while landing at 11 a.m., and seven minutes after the accident was reported, the ambulances and police were at the location. 
 
The two victims died upon arrival at Gouna Specialized Hospital. The cause of the crash has not been revealed yet, but the Attorney-General has ordered an investigation into the accident, with prosecutors from the Red Sea Prosecution office collecting evidence at the site. 
 
Gouna resort in northern Hurghada is a popular destination for tourists and Egyptians, and with Eid al-Adha last week, some holidaymakers are still in the area. 
 
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