NTSB report: No helicopter engine failure in Kobe Bryant crash

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on Friday in their investigation into the helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant and eight others. The NTSB that there was no engine failure that led to the crash.

The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed on Jan. 26 into a hillside in Calabasas, California. The helicopter, piloted by Ara Zobayan, went down in foggy conditions, according to the early reports.

Helicopter
Helicopter (Photo by Pixabay)

The NTSB said in a preliminary review that the helicopter “was destroyed by impact forces and fire.” It was previously reported that it took first responders one hour to reach the crash scene due to the brush fire that the helicopter crash caused.

The report said that a witness heard the helicopter getting louder, as it emerged from the clouds.

“He judged it to be moving fast, traveling on a forward and descending trajectory,” the report says. “It started to roll to the left such that he caught a glimpse of its belly. He observed it for 1 or 2 seconds, before it impacted terrain about 50 feet below his position.”

While the NTSB released this preliminary report on the crash, of will take at least one year for the final report to be released. Investigators for the NTSB previously said that the helicopter did not have the recommended terrain awareness system.

Early on, the NTSB said that the pilot was using a type of tablet to track the route. The preliminary investigation also said that there were other devices found that the NTSB are going through for data.

Also, the preliminary report said they the inspection was good for the helicopter.

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