Tourist accidents are common. Just last month 19 people died in Southern Egypt in a hot-air balloon crash. State operated television reported that the balloon was carrying 20 foreign tourists from China, Japan, Hungary, France and England. The Reuters news agency reported that the crash was the result of an internal gas explosion. This accident is being reported as the worst of its kind in history and is raising serious critiques on the safety standards for these kinds of tourist activities. For example, UK operators who had been managing the balloon company stated that the local Egyptian staff who did not have the same level of training and experience as the highly experienced British pilots they replaced.
Further, this apparently was the second balloon crash within a span of 18 months for the Sky Cruises company. In the first crash, a balloon crashed into the Nile in October of 2011. The passengers suffered bruises, but no one was killed.
Additionally, just last week, football star Donte’ Stallworth ?and his girlfriend were severely burned when their hot air balloon hit power lines in Homestead, Florida. Both Stallworth and his girlfriend were taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital Burn Center for treatment.
At Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks, we specialize in representing clients who are not residents of Hawaii. We have years of experience representing tourists who have been injured in all kinds of accidents including tour group accidents, bus accidents, scuba-diving accidents, helicopter crashes, Ultralight crashes, bicycle and moped accidents and other recreational accidents.