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Florida Men Arrested for 'Dangerous, Stupid' Use of Laser

They pointed it at police helicopter in flight

(Newser) - If two Florida men weren't already aware that flashing a laser at a pilot in flight is a felony in the state, they definitely are now. Police say two men were arrested in two days last week for pointing lasers at the Volusia Sheriff’s Office Air One helicopter,... More »

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 »

Scenic Flight Ends With Tourists Taken Right to Police

New Zealand requires arrivals to self-quarantine for 14 days

(Newser) - A couple taking a scenic helicopter flight Thursday over New Zealand's Fox Glacier was routed to a new destination after mentioning to a guide that they'd arrived in the country Monday from Hong Kong. A second helicopter was dispatched to take the couple off the glacier, Stuff reports,... 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 »

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 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 »

Tourist Helicopter Fails to Return in Hawaii

Chopper with 7 people aboard is missing

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching for a tourist helicopter with seven people aboard that failed to return from a Thursday flight. The alarm went up at 6pm Thursday when the helicopter—believed to have two minors, four adult passengers, and the pilot aboard—did not return as scheduled around 5:... More »

Hiker in Viral Helicopter Rescue Video Sues

Katalin Metro is reportedly willing to settle with city of Phoenix for $2M

(Newser) - Back in June, the fire department captain said the hiker who was subjected to out-of-control spinning during a June helicopter rescue in Phoenix "suffered no ill effect ... other than being a little bit dizzy." But the hiker, 74-year-old Katalin Metro, begs to differ, per the New York Post ... 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 »

Brother: Pilot Saved 'Countless Lives' With NYC Crash

He apparently wanted to avoid hitting people on the street

(Newser) - When a helicopter crash-landed on a Manhattan building Monday, it brought back unsettling memories of the 9/11 attacks for many New Yorkers—but officials say it appears that the pilot was doing his best to avoid killing people. Pilot Tim McCormack was killed in the crash-landing on the roof of... More »

Fatal Helicopter Crash on NYC Roof Alarms the City

Pilot was killed, no one else injured

(Newser) - A helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper Monday, killing the pilot and briefly unnerving the city, the AP reports. The crash happened at around 2pm in a steady rain and clouds that obscured the roof of the 750-foot AXA Equitable building. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who spoke... More »

Woman Rescued by Chopper May Never Want to See One Again

Things literally spun out of control

(Newser) - An elderly woman who got hurt while on a hike near Phoenix is likely grateful she was pulled out of harm's way by a helicopter, though she also may be likely to never want to see a helicopter again. A video from ABC15 Arizona shows the chopper operated by... More »

GOP Consultant Among 5 Killed in Helicopter Crash

4 American citizens died in Kenya crash

(Newser) - A prominent Colorado political consultant and two entrepreneurs from California were among four Americans and a local pilot killed when their helicopter crashed at a national park in Kenya, authorities and family members said Monday. Colorado lawmakers paused for a moment of silence at the state Capitol in Denver to... More »

This Airport Shuttle Service May Be Pricier Than the Flight

Blade helicopter ride starts at $195 per person, plus $350 fee

(Newser) - Why drive to the airport and stand in line when a helicopter can pick you up and drop you off one step from the gate? If you don't mind paying more than the cost of an economy seat on the flight you're arriving for, American Airlines makes it... More »

Medical Helicopter Crashes in Remote Ohio Woods

All 3 crew members were killed

(Newser) - A medical helicopter crashed Tuesday in a remote wooded area on its way to pick up a patient, killing all three crew members, authorities say. Survival Flight medical transportation reported around 7:20am Tuesday losing communication with a helicopter flying from the Mount Carmel Hospital in Grove City to pick... More »

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