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U.S. Pilot & Jordanian Officer Killed In Texas Helicopter Crash

GEORGETOWN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Jordanian military officials say a fighter pilot from the Middle Eastern nation was one of two people killed in a helicopter crash in Texas.

The Jordanian Armed Forces said in a statement Wednesday that First Lt. Ahmed Ali Mohammed Khalif al-Khawaldeh died during a training trip to Texas. Several military bases in Texas provide training to foreign armed forces allied with the United States.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter struck a power line Tuesday and crashed into a field near Granger, about 45 miles northeast of Austin.

No information has been released about the U.S. pilot that was killed. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would only confirm that a Hughes H369FF helicopter had crashed.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and Williamson County sheriff's office responded to the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the wreck.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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