Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Dolores O'Riordan Flies Away

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan (6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018) was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band the Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009. Her music has been labeled alternative rock, Celtic rock, and post-grunge.

Her Mysterious Death

On 15 January 2018, at the age of 46, while in London for a recording session, O'Riordan died unexpectedly at the London Hilton on Park Lane in Mayfair, an affluent area in the West End of London towards the east edge of Hyde Park, in the City of Westminster. The cause of death has not yet been made public; police said it was not being treated as suspicious. (Post-mortem results will be released on Thursday, 18 Jan 2018, according to media reports.)

Fair use: Paul Jeffers' image of Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries performs during F1 Rocks! Melbourne

Compare it to the "Jesus Christ Pose" of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.

Of course, I had expected another young death on the fringes of the alternative rock/post-grunge arena, after recent months. The hanging suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington merely continues a long legacy. (See here, here, here, here, here, and here.)

Exactly 14 years ago on January 15, 2018, Hope Of The States guitarist James "Jimmi" Lawrence (born 25 Jan 1977), 26, died by suicide, by hanging, in Peter Gabriel's Real World studios near Bath, while working on his band's debut album.

The Name Game

O'Riordan was raised as a Roman Catholic. Her mother was a devout Catholic who chose her daughter's name in reference to the Lady of the Seven Dolours
Seven Swords Piercing the Sorrowful Heart of Mary in the Church of the Holy Cross, Salamanca, Spain.

Besides being busy, another one of the reasons I didn't rush into writing a blog posting on O'Riordan was that a couple friends quickly wrote good essays on her passing.

At Secret Sun, Christopher Loring Knowles dived deeply into Dolores O'Riordan's passing. I especially appreciated finding this passage in his "Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Swims to the Siren" : note that Dolores derives from "Our Lady of Sorrows" and Reardon means "poet king." So the name-game was strong with this one.

But we're not talking about depression or even the machinations of the music industry here. We're talking about an avalanche of syncs, symbols and connections all seeming to tell us that we need to pay special attention to a reclusive, middle-aged songstress from way back in the day.

How or why, I still have no earthly idea. I do have an unearthly one, however.

In that light, please note that O'Riordan died in a hotel a short distance from Royal Albert Hall, where Our Lady made her only public appearance in 2017, on the first day of Leo. The ostensible reason for the appearance was to discuss 1988's Blue Bell Knoll, which very much laid down the specific template bands like The Cranberries followed.

And remember that those tickets went on sale the day after Chris Cornell died in a hotel in Detroit. Also on the same day Twin Peaks: the Return premiered in Los Angeles.

Lourdes Water

There is little doubt that Dolores O'Riordan was touched religiously. In one of her last interviews before her death, she said she wanted to come back as an angel to help the unfortunate.

Dolores O'Riordan in January 2014

In November 2014, O'Riordan was arrested and charged in connection with air rage on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon. During the flight she grew verbally and physically abusive with crew. When police were arresting her after landing, she resisted, reminding them her taxes paid their wages and shouting "I'm the Queen of Limerick! I'm an icon!", headbutting one Garda officer and spitting at another. The judge hearing her case agreed to dismiss all charges if she apologised in writing to those she injured and contributed €6,000 to the court poor box.

After the arrest, Dolores O’Riordan's mother revealed that her daughter was separating from her husband after 20 years of marriage. The superstar singer was said to be in a "very vulnerable" state and was under the care of a psychiatric doctor, her mother Eileen O'Riordan said.

Eileen, speaking to the Limerick Leader newspaper at the time, recalled seeing her daughter when she arrived at Shannon Garda Station.

She said: “Dolores was inside in a room, she was lying on the floor, curled up. She had her head covered and her face covered up. She was trying to protect herself. I gave her a hug. I tried to talk to her. She didn’t realize I was there at all. I put Lourdes water on her."

More Cranberries, Back to the Future

Besides Knowles' Secret Sun thoughts, I would recommend reading, Andrew W. Griffin's "Dreams linger...," Red Dirt Report. 

Andrew W. Griffin, 1995.

Cranberries in the 1990s

While Zombie was one of O'Riordan's better known songs, the following is known by many.

It, 1990.

The Cranberries, Salvation, 1996

It, 2017.

She many know the answers now.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Viva Las Vegan and 91

On October 1, 2017, a gunman shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert - with 22,000 audience members - in Las Vegas. The death toll was 58 people killed, over 500 injured, plus the suicide of the gunman. Police report the shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who was holded up on the 32th floor in the Mandalay Hotel, died by suicide. The setting was bizarre, next to the Luxor Casino and Hotel, with its Sphinx and Pyramid in plain view.

As of mid-January 2018, the event is still discussed, and syncs are being revealed as they come into people's awareness.

As some have noted, Blade Runner 2049, which was released widely in the US on October 6, 2017, the Las Vegas shooting impacted earlier openings. Blade Runner 2049 premiered on October 3, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, although following the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting, the red carpet events were cancelled prior to the screening.

One of the surprises of Blade Runner 2049 is that the character Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is not in the wilderness of the North, but instead is living in the ruins of Las Vegas, after a nuclear event. He is tracked there by agent K.

Another movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which came out around the same time as Blade Runner 2049 had a Las Vegas link too.

During the movie [Kingsman: The Golden Circle] they were at a concert/festival with a pyramid in the background. Source

20th Century Fox originally scheduled Kingsman: The Golden Circle for a summer release date of June 16, 2017 but pushed the film back to October 6, 2017. The film was then moved up to September 20 in the United Kingdom and September 22, 2017 in the United States likely to avoid competition with Blade Runner 2049. The film had an IMAX release.

The code the drug dealer gives the Kingsman at the end of the movie, to save the millions of infected people was: "Viva Las Vegan." Source

‘Viva Las Vegas’ celebarates Vegas, a place of pleasure, where, commonly, you will find a lot of drug and alcohol use, strippers and gluttonous behaviour. All these things are unhealthy and can be dangerous. By using the phrase ‘Viva Las Vegan’ Poppy presents a juxtapositon, as veganism is associated with celebrating healthy eating, being anti -hypocritcal and compassionate. Therefore, perhaps Poppy’s message was that we celebrate the wrong things in society and we should be focussing on being less hypocritcal with our actions. After all, her life ended on a high and this could be owing to the fact she accepted her own hypocracy. was actually the phrase ‘viva las vegan’ that saved humanity. Coincidence? I THINK NOT. Source.

The expression "Viva Las Vegan" is associated with Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn, as noted in this 2010 articles, here and here.

Near the end of the movie I noticed the number 91 on the black bowling ball. It reminded me of the 91 logo on the Vegas Route 91 festival signs. Source.

The trivia is intriguing:
During the final fight between Eggsy and Charlie, Charlie picks up a bowling ball numbered '91,' which references 1991 as the fictional birth year of Eggsy.
Both Julianne Moore and Emily Watson starred in a movie about Hannibal Lecter. Moore starred in Hannibal (2001) as Detective Clarice Starling and Watson starred in Red Dragon (2002) as Reba McClane.
Poppy's compound features a bowling alley. Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges appeared together in The Big Lebowski (1998), in which Bridges's character frequents a bowling alley.  Source.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Soundtrack – Viva Las Vegan by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson

Sources, 1, 2, 3, 4.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Syncs Most Sinister: Samuel Lincoln Woodward and Blaze Bernstein

Samuel Lincoln Woodward

News broke on January 12, 2018, of the high profile arrest of a "Lincoln" tied to several lexilink/name syncs.

I wrote on January 7th, "Something tells me, let's call it a hunch, that Lincoln will be one of the names giving us pause in 2018."

Blaze Bernstein

The Timeline:

January 2, 2018.

Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old Jewish student at the University of Pennsylvania, went missing on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, from his parents’ Southern California home, reported The Times of Israel.

January 9, 2018.

Bernstein’s body was found Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in brush surrounding Borrego Park in Lake Forest, California, his hometown, CBS News reported. 

January 10, 2018.

His death was investigated as a homicide and an autopsy was performed on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Samuel Lincoln Woodward

Blaze Bernstein (right) and Samuel Lincoln Woodward

January 12, 2018.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Samuel Lincoln Woodward was arrested in connection with the death of Blaze Bernstein​, whose body was found in Borrego Ranch Park, a week after he was reported missing by his family.
Woodward as taken into custody shortly after leaving his home in Newport Beach. He was booked into Orange County jail booking # 3034445 on January 12, 2018. He had told homicide​ investigators that he drove Bernstein to Borrego Ranch Park on the night of January 2, 2018.

Woodward’s hands were scratched and had dirt on them one of the times he was interviewed by detectives. He told them the scratches and dirt came from participating in a Fight Club​.
Woodward stated he left the park, visited a girlfriend and went back to look for Bernstein hours later in the early morning. He also stated he did not remember his girlfriend’s last name or where she lived. 2
Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, mother of the deceased student, told The Los Angeles Times: "Celebrate the goodness that still exists in this world in spite of these acts of senseless evil."

January 15, 2018

The Times of Israel noted: "Authorities said Monday that a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found buried in a shallow grave in a California park had been stabbed more than 20 times. No weapon has been found."

Woodward and Bernstein

Samuel Lincoln Woodward and Blaze Bernstein went to the Orange County School of the Arts together.

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in All the President's Men; Reporters Woodward and Bernstein.

Online comment makers in Los Angeles mentioned the bizarre coincidence of the Woodward/Bernstein names in this case, and the names of the two individuals who broke the Watergate case.

Names defined

Blaze is a very large or fiercely burning fire (like the wildfires in southern California in late 2017).

Bernstein is a Jewish surname meaning "amber." Amber is a jewel name that became popular in the 19th century, from the name of the yellowish fossil resin used in jewellery-making.

We do not know why Woodward was named "Samuel Lincoln."

Samuel is a male given name and a surname of Hebrew origin meaning either "name of God" or "God has heard." 

Lincoln, see "Name Game: Lincoln," January 7, 2018.

Woodward is a name deriving its meaning from an occupation name for "a forester employed to look after the trees and game in a forest." Forest warden. Middle English woodward (from the Old English). Perhaps also from an Old English personal name Wuduweard, composed of the elements wudu "wood" + weard "guardian," "protector." Wuduwose, "wild man of the woods," reveals the same origins.

The Borrego name has an association with the "Borrego Sandman," the so-called southern California desert Sasquatch. Native peoples in the area are said to have lived with knowledge of large, fowl-smelling, wild men in the area, and avoided their reported home (called towis puki "camp of the devil") on the southern bank of the Santa Ana River. Specifically, "borrego" translates as "lamb" or "bighorn sheep" (to some) from Spanish; the word may be a derogatory term for someone of Portuguese descent, or a gentle, foolish, or gullible person. The Bernstein murder occurred in the Borrego Park in Lake Forest, California. The Sandman reports are referenced most often to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Bernstein Bears

Another bizarre link to this is the "Bernstein"/Mandela Effect thoughts that are immediately brought to mind with this murder. The victim's name, Blaze Bernstein brings forth these notions. 

Some theorists "believe that the name of the books was actually Berenstein at one point, but we've shifted into a parallel universe — an alternative timeline, if you will — where the title of the books is The Berenstain Bears. There's actually a name for this theory: The Mandela Effect." ~ Aug 5, 2015 discounts this phenomenon:
No single example of the Mandela Effect has generated more online buzz than that of the children’s book series and animated TV show The Berenstain Bears. Quite a few people who grew up with the series, it turns out, remember the title being The Berenstein Bears, with the name ending in “ein” instead of “ain” (with some even going to go so far as to maintain that the fictional bears’ surname was changed along the way to make it “less Jewish”).
h/t to S.L. and others. 

Sources, 1234, 5, 6, 7.  See also, Name Game: Lincoln.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Another SecureDrop Suicide

As announced on January 9, 2018, James Dolan, 36, American software engineer, former Marine and co-creator of the whistleblower submission system SecureDrop alongside Aaron Swartz and Wired editor Kevin Poulsen, died by suicide "over the holidays." 

Details are lacking. The exact date of Dolan's suicide and the method are unknown, at this writing. It appears to not be a coincidence that this suicide came so nearly on the fifth anniversary of Swartz's death.

On January 11, 2013, Aaron Swartz, 26, American programmer, SecureDrop co-creator & Reddit co-founder, died by suicide, by hanging.

Wikipedia notes Swartz's death, thusly:
On the evening of January 11, 2013, Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment by his partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman. A spokeswoman for New York's Medical Examiner reported that he had hanged himself. No suicide note was found. Swartz's family and his partner created a memorial website on which they issued a statement, saying: "He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place."
Days before Swartz's funeral, Lawrence Lessig eulogized his friend and sometime client in an essay, Prosecutor as Bully. He decried the disproportionality of Swartz's prosecution and said, "The question this government needs to answer is why it was so necessary that Aaron Swartz be labeled a 'felon'. For in the 18 months of negotiations, that was what he was not willing to accept." Cory Doctorow wrote, "Aaron had an unbeatable combination of political insight, technical skill, and intelligence about people and issues. I think he could have revolutionized American (and worldwide) politics. His legacy may still yet do so."

In 2011–2012, Swartz, Kevin Poulsen, and James Dolan designed and implemented DeadDrop, a system that allows anonymous informants to send electronic documents without fear of disclosure. In May 2013, the first instance of the software was launched by The New Yorker under the name Strongbox. The Freedom of the Press Foundation has since taken over development of the software, which has been renamed SecureDrop.

SecureDrop has been described as a Wikileaks-inspired software.

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts please call the 
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

h/t SMiles Lewis

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Another Legislator Suicide

Brandon Anotone Hixon (October 26, 1981 – January 9, 2018) was a Republican Idaho State Representative from December 1, 2012 to October 19, 2017 representing District 10 in the A seat.

On October 18, 2017, the Caldwell, Idaho, police department confirmed that Hixon was the subject of a criminal investigation. On October 19, 2017, he submitted his letter of resignation via email to House Speaker Scott Bedke and Governor Butch Otter, effective immediately. On October 26, 2017, the Caldwell Police Department turned the criminal investigation over to the Idaho Attorney General's Office. On October 31, 2017 it was reported that Hixon was under investigation for "sexual abuse allegations" from a police report dated October 25, 2017.

Hixon, former Republican state lawmaker from Boise, Idaho who was facing a sexual abuse investigation shot and killed himself, authorities said on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Brandon Hixon was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his Caldwell home early Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris said. A family member discovered his body. Some say because he did in fact have those sexual relations.He was 36 years old.

Officials have released no details about the criminal investigation into Hixon, 36, except that it was related to possible sexual abuse. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that he was previously the focus of a separate police investigation in 2014 after being accused of inappropriate touching.

At the time, Hixon denied the accusations and told police he was worried they would harm his political career. It’s unknown if the new investigation, ongoing since Oct. 5, was connected to the earlier case.

Hixon and his wife, Danielle, had five children, ages 6 to 17. They divorced in 2016.

Hixon was elected in 2012, becoming one of the youngest lawmakers to win a seat in the Idaho House of Representatives. He didn’t stand out during his time in the Statehouse until he abruptly resigned in October after the sexual abuse investigation emerged.

After stepping down, Hixon was arrested twice for drunken driving and was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest last month.

Hixon’s death comes after two recent others have died by suicide, after recent sexual misconduct investigations.

On December 20, 2017, James Csaszar jumped from the heights of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, a sleek ultramodern skyscraper reaching 82-stories into Chicago's downtown skyline. Until November 2017, Csaszar had worked as a Catholic priest at the Church of the Resurrection in New Albany, Ohio. (See more, here.)

On December 13, 2017, Kentucky lawmaker Dan Johnson shot and killed himself last year after a report was published detailing allegations that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in his basement in 2012. He had denied the accusations. After he shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, southeast of Louisville, Kentucky. Johnson was an American evangelical pastor and Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. (See more, here.)

Brandon Antonoe Hixon:

The name Brandon is an English name with the meaning of the name Brandon being derived from a surname and place name based on the Old English for "hill covered with broom." Broom is a prolific weed. Also Brandon can mean, "From the beacon hill."

In English the meaning of the source name Antonis is "highly praiseworthy." It derives from a Roman clan name. In the 17th century, the spelling Anthony was associated with the Greek anthos meaning "flower."

English surname Hixon means "son of Hick". Hick was a pet name for Richard. The Germanic first or given name Richard derives from German, French, and English "ric" (ruler, leader, king, powerful) and "hard" (strong, brave, hardy), and it therefore means "strong in rule".

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Name Game: Lincoln

The twilight language explores hidden meanings and synchromystic connections via onomatology (study of names) and toponymy (study of place names). The “Name Game” paints a picture, and it has been a major part of my writings since the 1970s.

The Name Game is about the relationship between proper names and the sync, Fortean, and harmonic power found in these special monikers. One example cited by Jim Brandon, Matt Bell and myself is "Lincoln."

Something tells me, let's call it a hunch, that Lincoln will be one of the names giving us pause in 2018.

Lincoln: From a surname which was originally from the name of a city in England, derived from Brythonic lindo "lake, pool" and Latin colonia "colony.” Found written by Romans in the 7th century, administratively significant. Name often used in honor of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865.

“Lincoln” has been a power name for a long time in Fortean and sync literature.

Matthew Bell notes in "Hue of Lincoln," the following, with links to Cryptokubrology:

"The earliest origins of Lincoln can be traced to the remains of an Iron Age settlement of round wooden dwellings (which were discovered by archaeologists in 1972) that have been dated to the 1st century BC. This settlement was built by a deep pool (the modern Brayford Pool) in the River Witham at the foot of a large hill (on which the Normans later built Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle)...The origins of the name Lincoln may come from this period, when the settlement is thought to have been named in the Brythonic language of Iron Age Britain's Celtic inhabitants as Lindon 'The Pool'..." (Source);
cf. Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon."
And we see a connection, therefore, the names "Lincoln" and "Hugh." This sort of connection has been called a "Lexi-Link." Lexical nodes for "Linkin'" symbol patterns. Especially in the present context, then, we might instead call these "Lexi-Links" Lincoln Words/Names. Curiously, the inventor of "Lincolns Logs" was John Lloyd Wright: "John Lloyd Wright (December 12, 1892–December 20, 1972) was an American architect and toy inventor. ... He was the son of Frank Lloyd Wright and brother of Lloyd Wright." (Source)
Frank Lloyd Wright was "born Frank Lincoln Wright" (Source) Loren Coleman has recently written about Frank Lloyd-Lincoln Wright here and here (including Wright's connection to the word "Phoenix", FLW's place of death).

Read more from Bell's Lincoln discussion, here.

Furthermore, Bell connects other dots, here:

Coleman lists the movie "Killing Lincoln (2013)" as part of Tony Scott's filmography - and the predicted release date possibly "could be assumed to be 'characteristic' of, or symbolically identical with 23" (The Rebirth of Pan, p. 170). Of course, the killing of JFK has already been mentioned. And the parallels between the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy are legendary. Downard and Hoffman are also known for the monograph "King-Kill-33."
Of course, the Lincoln power name hooks up to Fayette too.

"Now I would like to consider some examples of a more ominous character," Jim Brandon in The Rebirth of Pan (1983) wrote, "We find 'the Lafayette factor' in the Abraham Lincoln assassination of the 1860s...A slippery character named Lafayette Baker had been brought in to head the Secret Service by the enigmatic Edwin M. Stanton, President Lincoln's arrogant Secretary of War. Otto Eisenschiml, the pioneer revisionist historian of this amazingly crude murder conspiracy, delved into the story as far as the surviving records would allow.""His findings suggest that Lafayette Baker and Stanton had maneuvered to facilitate the escape into the South of assassin John Wilkes Booth, and when that proved impossible (owing to Booth's broken leg) to ensure that the killer was not brought back and that his evidently-incriminating diary did not survive intact."
"At the same hour Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre, Secretary of State William Seward "was attacked and savagely knifed by a deranged giant named Lewis Paine, who had forced his way into the Seward home. This house fronted upon Lafayette Square, just across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House."

"The Name Game" was written by U.S. singer Shirley Ellis with Lincoln Chase, and Ellis's recording, produced by Charles Calello, was released in late 1964 as "The Name Game." That record went to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 4 on the magazine's R&B charts in 1965. The record was re-released in 1966 and again in 1973.

The first few lyrics make use of the songwriters' own names.

The name game. Shirley! Shirley, Shirley
Bo-ber-ley, bo-na-na fanna
Fo-fer-ley. fee fi mo-mer-ley, Shirley!
Lincoln! Lincoln, Lincoln. bo-bin-coln
Bo-na-na fanna, fo-fin-coln
Fee fi mo-min-coln, Lincoln!

A word chain game assumed musical history when Lincoln Chase and Shirley Ellis wrote a 1964 song. And it is intriguing that a "Lincoln" was right there in the middle of its creation.

Why Was Lincoln Murdered? by Otto Eisenschiml, Little, Brown & Co., Boston, Mass., 1937.

"Fateful Fayette" by Bill Grimstad, Fortean Times No. 25, Spring 1978.

Weird America by Jim Brandon, E.P. Dutton Co., New York, N.Y., 1978.

The Rebirth of Pan by Jim Brandon, Firebird Press, Dunlop, Illinois, 1983.

"The Fayette Factor," by Loren Coleman, Twilight Language, June 10, 2012.

"Tony Scott, etc.," by Matthew Bell, Bell Curve, August 21, 2012.
"Hue of Lincoln," by Matthew Bell, Bell Curve, October 13, 2012.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Luxor Again

To Americans, Luxor is a name associated with the attack in Las Vegas, but it is a name that has roots in Egypt. On the night of Sunday, October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured. Between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m. PDT, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, fired more than 1,100 rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the 43-story Mandalay Bay hotel, situated next to the Luxor Las Vegas. About an hour after Paddock fired his last shot into the crowd of 22,000, he was found dead in his room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive is unknown.

Now, Luxor again.

Luxor - 2018

A hot air balloon carrying foreign tourists over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor crash-landed 5 January 2018, killing a tourist from South Africa and injuring at least 12 others, Egyptian officials said.

Strong winds forced the balloon, which was carrying 20 tourists, off course above the southern city, home to some of Egypt's most famous pharaonic temples and tombs. The balloon took off around sunrise and flew about 45 minutes at an altitude of 450 meters (1,500 feet) before the pilot lost control over a mountainous area, the officials said, adding that the pilot was also injured.

An official statement from the Luxor governorate confirmed that 12 people were injured. The balloon passengers included South African and Argentine tourists. Tourists from Australia, France and Brazil were among those injured, it said, citing an unnamed medical official.

The hot air balloon flights are popular because they offer spectacular views of the ancient Karnak Temple and other historical sites. The flights usually start shortly before sunrise and pass over green fields leading to the Valley of the Kings — the burial site of the famous boy king Tutankhamun and other pharaohs.

Luxor has a history of hot air balloon crashes. The deadliest took place in 2013 when a balloon flying over the city caught fire and plunged about 305 meters (1,000 feet), crashing into a sugar cane field and killing at least 19 foreign tourists. Ballooning experts say the accident was the worst in the sport's 200-year history.

Luxor - 2016

In 2016, Egypt temporarily halted balloon flights after 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in a crash landing.

Luxor - 2013

On 26 February 2013, at 07:00 Egypt Standard Time (05:00 UTC), a hot air balloon crashed near Luxor, Egypt. The crash resulted in 19 deaths out of 21 passengers – 18 on-site and one in hospital hours later. It is the deadliest ballooning accident in history and the deadliest aerostat disaster since the Hindenburg disaster in 1937 which killed 36 people.

The Britons Yvonne Rennie, 48, Joe Bampton, 40, and Bampton's Hungarian-born partner, Suzanna Gyetvai, 34, died in the tragedy. It appears to have been the worst accident of its kind in history.

Rennie's husband, Michael, 49, was being treated on Tuesday night at Luxor international hospital, where a spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition. He and the pilot, named locally as Momin Mourad Ali, were the only survivors. They, along with seven other passengers, including the other three British-based tourists, are believed to have jumped out of the balloon to escape the flames. Ali suffered 70% burns and was also being treated in hospital in Luxor.

The other tourists – nine from Hong Kong, four Japanese, two French and a Belgian – all died in the explosion.