Friday, January 7, 2011

Report: Pinay nurse killed in Saudi Arabia chopper crash

A Filipina nurse was among at least four crew members killed in a helicopter crash in southern Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The medical helicopter of the Saudi armed forces was heading for Hawtah Bani Tamim, 240 km from the capital to pick up a patient when it crashed.

Saudi-based news site Arab News identified the Filipina only by her first name, Rosella.

Other fatalities in the crash were identified as pilot Capt. Khaled Al-Dakhil and First Lt. Mandeel Al-Subaihi, both Saudis; and Egyptian doctor Amjad Al-Iraqi.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, the report said.

Medical choppers are used in the Kingdom to ferry patients from one hospital to another.

Patients are brought to urban hospitals by these aircraft when the medical officers feel that the facilities and medical apparatus are not adequate to treat patients in rural hospitals. — LBG, GMANews.TV

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