Kobe Bryant crash: Helicopter engines ‘did not fail’

The engines of the helicopter that crashed last month, killing Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others, did not show any evidence of having failed, investigators have said.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it found nothing to suggest there had been a “catastrophic internal failure” before the aircraft carrying the basketball legend fell to the ground in fog in Calabasas, California.

“Viewable sections of the engines showed no evidence of an uncontained or catastrophic internal failure,” the NTSB said in an interim report.

LA county firefighters on the scene of the crash in Calabasas, California
Image:LA county firefighters on the scene of the crash in Calabasas, California

A witness who heard the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter in the mist, saw it descend fast and then reported it “started to roll to the left such that he caught a glimpse of its belly” soon before the crash, the NTSB added.

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among a group of nine people heading to a girls’ basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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