September 6, 2018 / 11:16 AM / 2 months ago

American trainer killed in Riyadh helicopter crash - Saudi state media

RIYADH (Reuters) - An American trainer working with Saudi Arabia’s National Guard was killed on Thursday in a helicopter crash in Riyadh in the course of a routine activity, a statement published by state media said.

The Saudi statement gave the trainer’s name as Paul Reidy and did not say whether he was a member of the military or a civilian. The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Saudi trainee pilot was injured in the crash at Khashm Alan airport in the east of the Saudi capital, which involved a Boeing AH-6i light helicopter gunship, the statement said.

Investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the incident.

(The story corrects spelling of victim’s name in second paragraph)

Reporting by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Peter Graff

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