Saudi pilot intern dies in light-sport aircraft crash

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A Saudi pilot intern died after his aircraft crashed five kilometers away from al-Thumamah Airport in Riyadh, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday citing the Aviation Investigation Bureau.

The pilot took off in his Tecnam light-sport jet from al-Thumamah Airport at 6:30 a.m., the report said, adding that he sent a distress call five minutes later.

After losing contact with him, the aviation academy dispatched an aircraft to search for him.

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The pilot was found dead at the crash scene, and an investigation has been launched into the accident.

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