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Feds Find 'Telltale Signs' in Kobe Helicopter Crash

The pilot may have 'misperceived' the angles

(Newser) - The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he actually was heading for the ground, federal investigators said in documents released Wednesday, per the AP . Ara Zobayan radioed to air traffic controllers that he was climbing... More »

Autopsy Looks at Kobe Pilot's System for Clues

The official report also gives cause of death for all 9 passengers

(Newser) - The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released Friday. The reports by the... More »

Brother of Pilot Flying Kobe's Copter: It Was Kobe, Gigi's Fault

Berge Zobayan says passengers on brother Ara Zobayan's chopper knew the risks, were negligent

(Newser) - More than one lawsuit has been filed in the case of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, but it's his widow's wrongful death complaint that has the brother of the pilot pushing back. CNN reports that on Friday, Berge Zobayan filed a seven-page response to Vanessa Bryant's suit,... More »

Police Helicopter Crashes Into Apartment Complex

Police say it was triggered by 'probably a bogus call'

(Newser) - Officials say a Houston police helicopter crashed early Saturday, killing one of the two officers on board and critically injuring the other, the AP reports. A pilot and tactical flight officer were aboard a police helicopter when it crashed at an apartment complex around 2am. They were flown to a... More »

Sheriff Says 8 Deputies Shared Gruesome Kobe Crash Photos

They were ordered to delete photos

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says he felt a "sense of betrayal" when he found out that as many as eight deputies allegedly took and shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others. The sheriff tells CNN that the only people authorized... More »

Kobe's Widow Not Happy About Allegations on Crash Site

Vanessa Bryant 'absolutely devastated' pictures may have been shared of victims' remains

(Newser) - An investigation is ongoing into allegations that deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department leaked graphic photos of the site of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, including images that showed the victims' remains. Bryant's widow, Vanessa, is "absolutely devastated" by that claim, her lawyer says. "... More »

Report: Cops Shared Graphic Photos of Kobe Crash Scene

Sheriff's department is investigating allegations

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department says it is investigating allegations that deputies leaked graphic photos of the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others last month. Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that days after the crash, first responders discussed the inappropriate sharing of... More »

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 »

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