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Canadian pilot killed in Jordanian air show

A Canadian aerobatic pilot was killed during an air show in a southern Jordanian desert when his glider plane crashed

A Canadian aerobatic pilot was killed Monday during an air show in a southern Jordanian desert when his glider plane crashed, a Jordanian official says.

The Canadian Embassy in Amman identified the pilot as Adam Katagiri, 27.

The pilot lost control of the plane, crashing into the Wadi Rum 300 kilometres south of Amman, a Jordanian official told the Associated Press. He had no other details about the accident.

A popular tourist attraction for hikers and climbers, Wadi Rum is best known for its connection to T.E. Lawrence, who used it as a base during the Great Arab Revolt. It was also the setting for the film Lawrence of Arabia.

Katagiri used to work at the Langley Flying School in B.C. as an instructor. In October 2003, he left Canada to do humanitarian work as a writer in the Middle East. During this time, Katagiri took Jordanian flying exams to convert his Canadian licences. He received such high grades, he was offered a job.

The pilot worked for the Royal Air Sports Club in Jordan's Red Sea resort of Aqaba, 50 kilometres south of Wadi Rum, according to Ad-Dustour, Jordan's second largest newspaper.

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