Egypt balloon crash victims named

Two Britons and a UK resident killed in a horrific balloon crash which left 19 people dead have been named.

Yvonne Rennie, Joe Bampton and Hungarian-born Suzanna Gyetvai died in the tragedy in Luxor, Egypt - the biggest accident of its kind in history.

Mrs Rennie's husband Michael is in hospital after cheating death by leaping from the balloon as it exploded and plunged to the ground in flames.

Witnesses described hearing a loud explosion before seeing plumes of smoke as the balloon caught fire. People were seen jumping out of the balloon from "about the height of a seven-storey building".

Mr Rennie is at Luxor international hospital, where a spokeswoman said he is in a stable condition.

Mr Bampton, a British national, and his partner Ms Gyetvai, a British resident, were from in Clapham, south London.

Mr and Mrs Rennie, from Perth, Scotland, were described as "very nice people" who only spent the weekends together due to work commitments.

Neighbour Linda Kettles said the couple had only married recently, and added: "They were very, very nice people who kept themselves to themselves. They've gone on holiday to enjoy themselves. I'm totally devastated by the news. I really feel for their families."

Neighbours also expressed their shock at the deaths of Mr Bampton and Ms Gyetvai. Alison Robertson, 56, who lived next door, said: "They were a lovely couple - very quiet, unassuming people. It's such a waste of life. They were young and it's very sad."

The couple worked as antiques dealers and had lived at their home in Clapham for two to three years, Ms Robertson said.


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