By Henry Williams
Video has emerged (below) of the horrifying final seconds of the fated Luxor hot air balloon ride in Egypt. Compounding the grief, the SCMP reports that many of the families of the victims are unlikely to receive anything in compensation.
While all nine of those from Hong Kong were traveling with Kuoni travel agents, some had chosen to take out insurance independently. Three bought insurance through an agent affiliated with Kuoni, and their policy covered ballooning. Six others took out a policy with China Merchants Insurance, a policy that specifically excluded ballooning.
Families of those were adequately insured stand to receive compensation of up to HK$500,000 for each relative, along with further “discretionary compensation” of HK$50,000 to help with ancillary costs.
China Merchants General Manager Simon Chan Kwan said his firm will step up and return victims to their families:
“The policy does not cover balloon activity but we will assist and pay to transport the bodies back home on humanitarian grounds.”
Warning: Viewers may find the following video distressing: