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NTSB: Helicopter Rotors Were Turning When Bryant Crashed

Investigators see no signs of engine failure

(Newser) - Wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month and killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any evidence of outward engine failure, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the others died in the Jan. 26 crash in Calabasas, California.... More »

How a Helicopter Crash Changed Kirk Douglas

'From this day forward I would be asking ... Why was I alive?'

(Newser) - Not even two weeks after a helicopter crash killed an NBA legend , news outlets are revisiting a 1991 helicopter crash that nearly killed a legendary actor. Kirk Douglas, who died Wednesday at age 103, said his life was forever changed when the helicopter he was traveling in collided with an... More »

Kobe's Pilot Wasn't Allowed to Navigate With Instruments

At least not when flying with Island Express Helicopters

(Newser) - The helicopter that crashed with Kobe Bryant and 8 others aboard wasn't certified to fly under instrument flight rules, three sources tell the New York Times . While pilot Ara Zobayan did have the proper certification to fly with instruments typically used in poor conditions, Island Express Helicopters' FAA operating... More »

Vanessa Bryant Breaks Silence With Instagram Post

'There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now'

(Newser) - "There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now," Vanessa Bryant said in her first public remarks since the helicopter crash that killed husband Kobe Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna Sunday. In an Instagram post , Bryant said she and her surviving three daughters want to... More »

Kobe's Widow Publicly Responds for the First Time

And drone footage shows devastating wreckage of the crash

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant's widow has issued her first public acknowledgement of his death without saying a word. Vanessa Bryant posted a new profile photo Wednesday on her Instagram account—of Kobe embracing their 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who also died in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles area Sunday morning,... More »

NTSB Shares What It Knows About Kobe Bryant's Crash

NTSB describes it as a 'high energy impact crash'

(Newser) - The helicopter that Kobe Bryant and eight others were in on Sunday came very close to clearing a California hillside, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday, missing the top by just 20 to 30 feet. The New York Times reports the helicopter had reached 2,300 feet before... More »

Kobe's Pilot Asked Controllers to Track Him. He Was Too Low

Helicopter wasn't showing up on radar, causing pilot to begin a rapid ascent

(Newser) - The pilot of Kobe Bryant's helicopter told air traffic control he was climbing higher to avoid a layer of clouds. It was the last communication from Ara Zobayan before the chopper crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, Calif., says Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board, per CNN... More »

Bryant Would Never Fly on Helicopter With Wife: Source

He 'had a deal' with Vanessa, source says

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant's three surviving children have lost their father—but insiders say the basketball superstar tried to make sure they would never be orphaned. Sources tell People that Bryant, who frequently used helicopters to get around, would not fly in one with wife Vanessa. "He and Vanessa had... More »

Kobe's Pilot Got Special Clearance to Fly

Fog was so bad, police copters were grounded at the time

(Newser) - It was foggy when the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others crashed into a hillside just outside Los Angeles—so foggy that police helicopters had been grounded at the time . And CNN now reports that Bryant's pilot had actually gotten special clearance to fly. Specifically,... More »

Kobe Bryant Used Helicopters Because of His Girls

He explained to Alex Rodriguez in 2018 that traffic was causing him to miss events

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash Sunday en route to one of Gianna's basketball games—and, tragically, People reports the reason Bryant used helicopters in the first place was because of his four daughters. Bryant lived in Orange County and traveled to Los... More »

The Others Killed When Kobe's Helicopter Went Down

7 others died in Calabasas crash

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were just two of the nine people who died Sunday when the helicopter they were riding in went down in the hills just outside Los Angeles, killing everyone on board, as it was en route to a basketball tournament at Bryant's Mamba... More »

Bryant Was on His Way to Coach Daughter's Team

Crowds flock to California crash site

(Newser) - The world has lost Kobe Bryant's heir apparent as well as the NBA legend himself. Gianna Bryant, 13, was among nine people killed in Sunday morning's helicopter crash in California . Gianna, a keen basketball player who hoped to someday play in the WNBA, was the second of Bryant'... More »

The World Reacts: 'There's No Words to Express the Pain'

Shaquille O'Neal and Ava DuVernay are among those grieving Kobe Bryant's Death

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant's tragic death Sunday has triggered an outpouring of grief from the "sports world and beyond," the LA Times reports. Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine who perished when the NBA legend's private helicopter sputtered and crashed in the hills of... More »

Kobe Bryant, Daughter Dead in Helicopter Crash

Bryant was 41 years old, his daughter 13

(Newser) - Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters died in a helicopter crash Sunday in the hills of Calabasas, Calif., TMZ reports. Officials say seven others perished when the helicopter went down in flames, killing all on board. Bryant's daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, was only 13; Bryant'... More »

Taiwan's Top Military Officer, 7 Others Killed in Crash

Blackhawk helicopter crashed outside Taipei

(Newser) - Taiwan's top military official was among eight people killed in an air force helicopter crash in mountainous terrain outside Taipei on Thursday, the defense ministry said. Five others survived. As chief of the general staff, Gen. Shen Yi-ming was responsible for overseeing the self-governing island's defense against China,... More »

Remains of 6 People Found at Crash Site in Kauai

'There are no indications of survivors,' Hawaii officials say

(Newser) - A day-after-Christmas helicopter tour over the Hawaiian island of Kauai had a tragic end for two families. The remains of six of the seven people aboard were found Friday following the discovery of a crash site atop a mountain along the island's north coast. The seventh person is presumed... More »

French Military Suffers Worst Loss of Life in Decades

Helicopter collision killed 13 troops in Mali

(Newser) - A midair collision between two helicopters has killed 13 French soldiers fighting against Islamic extremists in Mali, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. Macron expressed "deep sadness" at the news of the Monday evening crash, which took place during a combat operation, the AP reports. In a written statement,... More »

Chopper Crash: 'She Got to Practice Nursing for One Day'

Investigation underway in Bahamas crash that killed billionaire Chris Cline, 6 others

(Newser) - There's still no word on what caused the helicopter crash in the Bahamas that killed coal magnate Chris Cline and six other people. But the National Transportation Safety Board says the wreckage has been moved to the US, and a preliminary report should be out in about two weeks,... More »

Coal Baron, Daughter Among 7 Killed in Helicopter Crash

Chris Cline founded coal empire

(Newser) - One of the nation's last coal barons was killed along with six other Americans in a helicopter crash off Grand Cay Island in the Bahamas Thursday, authorities say. West Virginia billionaire Chris Cline died along with his daughter, friends, and the pilot, his lawyer tells NBC . The Royal Bahamas... More »

NYC Helicopter Pilot 'Shouldn't Have Flown'

FAA says he wasn't rated to fly in poor visibility

(Newser) - Tim McCormack, the helicopter pilot who died in a crash-landing atop a Manhattan high-rise Monday, shouldn't have been in the air at all in that afternoon's cloudy weather conditions, the Federal Aviation Administration says. An FAA spokeswoman says the 58-year-old was not "instrument rated," meaning he... More »

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