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Searchers Rescued After Helicopter Crash; Hiker Also Found

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Navy helicopter crew looking for a hiker missing in some California mountains east of Yosemite National Park survived after they crashed near the tallest peak in Nevada, and both the searchers and the hiker were …

FAA Orders Safety Inspections of Some Bell Helicopters After Canada Crash

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday issued an emergency directive requiring main rotor inspections for some Bell model 212, 204 and 205 helicopters after a fatal crash in Canada last month. The FAA said operators must complete inspections …

Kobe Bryant Pilot Failed to Follow Training in Fatal Crash

The charter pilot who was flying basketball star Kobe Bryant last year failed to follow his training and kept going despite deteriorating weather only to become disoriented in clouds and crash the helicopter, killing all aboard, investigators said Tuesday. Pilot …

Vanessa Bryant Sues LA Sheriff Over Helicopter Crash Photos

LOS ANGELES — Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming deputies shared unauthorized photos of the crash that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter and seven others. …

U.S. 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 …

Deadly Air-Ambulance Crash Revealed Widespread Safety Lapses

An air-ambulance helicopter crash in Ohio last year that killed three crew members revealed sweeping safety lapses and rule violations, federal accident investigators concluded Tuesday. The Survival Flight Inc. copter slammed into a wooded hillside in southeastern Ohio during snow …

Families Sue Helicopter Company in Deadly Kobe Bryant Crash

LOS ANGELES — Family members of four passengers killed in a helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant and his daughter have joined the NBA star’s widow in filing wrongful death lawsuits against the companies that owned and operated the aircraft. The …

Kobe Bryant’s Widow Sues Helicopter Operator for Fatal Crash

Kobe Bryant’s widow sued the owner of the helicopter that crashed in California last month, killing the retired basketball legend, their 13-year-old daughter and seven others. Vanessa Bryant is seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Island Express Helicopter Inc. for …

Helicopter Company in Kobe Bryant Crash not Certified to Fly in Poor Visibility

The charter company whose helicopter crashed and killed basketball star Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others on Sunday was not certified to fly in conditions requiring pilots to fly using only cockpit instruments, media reports said. Island Express Helicopters, …

Pilot of Bryant Helicopter Tried to Avoid Heavy Fog

CALABASAS, Calif. — A veteran pilot who plunged into a Los Angeles-area hillside, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, had tried to avoid fog so heavy that it had grounded police choppers, authorities said. But even experienced pilots may have …