28/02/2013 09:34 GMT | Updated 28/02/2013 09:39 GMT

Luxor Balloon Disaster Couple Were 'Creative And Sensitive Individuals'

A mother whose son and his partner were killed in the Luxor hot air balloon disaster has described the couple as "wonderfully creative and sensitive individuals".

Joe Bampton, 40, and Zsi Gyetvai, 34, were among 19 people who died when their hot air balloon exploded and crashed in flames in Egypt on Tuesday.

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Joe Brampton and his girlfriend Zsi Gyetvai, who died in the Luxor balloon tragedy

Maureen Bampton thanked everyone "for their messages of condolence, cards and flowers".

She added that the couple "lived life to the full and enjoyed being in Clapham Common with their dog Ollie".

She added: "Joe and Zsi will be sadly missed by their families, and work colleagues and their many, many good friends."

Another Briton, Yvonne Rennie, 48, from Perth in Scotland, also died in the crash.

Mrs Rennie's husband Michael, 49, was the only passenger to survive, while the balloon's Egyptian pilot also escaped with his life.

The balloon was engulfed by fire at 300m and plunged into fields in south Egypt on Tuesday.

Officials in Luxor said they had banned all hot air balloon flights for safety reasons.