Helicopter crash News

National Safety Board Urges Helicopter Manufacturers to Add Crash-Data Recorders

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday urged six major manufacturers to equip turbine-powered helicopters with crash-resistant systems to record data, audio and images, after former NBA star Kobe Bryant and eight others were killed in a helicopter crash …

Pilot in Helicopter Cash That Killed Lakers Star Had No Drugs, Alcohol in System

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 …

Kobe Bryant’s Death Throws Spotlight on Crash-Warning System

The crash that killed nine people including Kobe Bryant has led to calls for crash-warning systems to be installed in more helicopters, but regulators and pilots worry that the instrument can trigger too many alarms and prove distracting. “Another warning …

Kobe Bryant Copter Company Had 2 Other Fatal Crashes in 35 Years

Island Express Helicopters Inc., the California-based charter company involved in Sunday’s crash that killed retired basketball star Kobe Bryant, has been involved in four previous crashes over the past 35 years, two of them fatal, according to government records. While …

Cause of Kobe Bryant Copter Crash Unclear; Flight Approval Under Review

The helicopter carrying retired basketball star Kobe Bryant and eight others had been cleared to operate in deteriorating weather but not the dense clouds into which it apparently flew shortly before crashing, according to investigators and flight data. The Sikorsky …

Helicopter Tours Criticized After Deadly Hawaii Crash

Tour helicopter operations in Hawaii are under increased scrutiny after a deadly crash this week, one of several recent accidents in the state, with a congressman calling the trips unsafe and lacking proper oversight. A helicopter that was set to …

Three Hurt in Pennsylvania Helicopter Crash at Fair

Authorities in Pennsylvania say three people have been hurt in a helicopter crash at a state fair. WNEP-TV reports a pilot and two passengers were in the helicopter when it crashed Saturday about 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of …

Companies Deny Wrongdoing in Fatal Virginia Helicopter Crash

The company that manufactured a helicopter that crashed and killed two Virginia state troopers monitoring a white nationalist rally says it’s not guilty of negligence and fraud. The Daily Progress reports widows Amanda Bates and Karen Cullen filed a lawsuit …

Official Says Pilot Who Crashed Helicopter in NYC Radioed He Was Lost

The pilot killed when his helicopter hit the roof of a New York City skyscraper in rain and fog radioed that he was lost and trying to get back to the heliport but couldn’t find it, an official briefed on …

Pilot Killed in New York Crash Wasn’t Certified to Fly in Bad Weather

The pilot killed Monday when his helicopter slammed into the roof of a New York City skyscraper was not authorized to fly in limited visibility, according to his pilot certification, raising questions about why he took off in fog and …