Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tip of the Day: Always Consider Air Travel in Nations with High Roadway Fatalities

According to http://www.ndtv.com, at least nine Egyptians were killed and 30 people injured, including an American and a Russian tourist, in a tour bus accident in southern Egypt on Tuesday (September 16), officials said.

The tour bus collided with another vehicle near the city of Beni Suef, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Cairo, while traveling along a desert road from the temple city of Luxor to the Egyptian capital.

COMMENT: I have been traveling to and from Egypt since 1973. If you’ve visited Egypt you probably know that I’m a “walking miracle” that should have been buried years ago.

Before you review the human carnage from a country with one of the highest fatality rates ever, please consider the following:

If you planning to visit Egypt, I strongly suggest you read ALL of these links:

The positive news as a foreign traveler is that the Air Egypt/Air Sinai consortium has NOT had a fatal air crash since 2002.

Rather than traveling on Egyptian roadways, which I personally believe you should AVOID as much as possible, I strongly suggest that you AVOID roadway trips in Egypt greater than 45 minutes.

"Nine Egyptians were killed and 30 others, including two foreigners (a male US tourist and a Russian woman), were injured in the crash," said Dr. Ahmed Anwar from the Beni Suef ambulance service.

Security officials, who confirmed the death toll, said the tourist bus was engulfed in flames after its fuel tank exploded upon hitting the other vehicle.