Sadness expressed as Perth couple involved in Egyptian balloon crash

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Two of the nineteen people killed when the hot air balloon crashed in Egypt were from the UK.  Yvonne Rennie from Perth died in the crash, her husband Michael survived and is in hospital where he is described as being in “remarkably good shape”.

The balloon was 1000 ft in the air when it caught fire after a gas cylinder is believed to have exploded, it came down in farmland near Luxor.

Commenting on news the Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, and Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, expressed their sadness.

Mr Wishart said: “I have been in close contact with the Foreign Office about this awful incident and have been receiving updates as more information has become available.
 
“I understand that a couple from my constituency are involved, that one is dead and the other injured and in hospital.
 
“My thoughts are with their family at this very difficult time.”
 
Ms Cunningham added: “This is very shocking news indeed and my prayers are with all those who have lost loved ones but in particular to the family of my constituents who have been involved.  They have my deepest sympathy for their loss and I sincerely wish Mr Rennie a full recovery from his injuries.”