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Student pilot helps instructor following helicopter crash

Helicopter student crashes, flight instructor hurt

A flight instructor was hurt Tuesday afternoon when a student crashed a helicopter at St. Louis Downtown Airport near Cahokia.
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A flight instructor was hurt Tuesday afternoon when a student crashed a helicopter at St. Louis Downtown Airport near Cahokia.

Authorities on Wednesday released the identities of a flight instructor and student pilot who crashed in a helicopter Tuesday at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.

Cahokia Police Chief David Landmann said the instructor was Jason Khan and the student pilot was Zarick Kuehl.

The small chopper crashed about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the airport.

Patti Beck, spokeswoman for Bi-State Development, which oversees the airport, said only the instructor and the student were aboard.

Beck said the flight instructor suffered minor injuries.

“The student assisted him in getting out of the helicopter after the crash,” Beck said.

The instructor was taken to Saint Louis University Hospital, Beck said. An update on his condition was not immediately available.

Beck said a Robinson 22 helicopter, owned by Midwest Helicopter, was involved in the crash.

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