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Mechanical Failure, Human Error Cited in Guard Copter Crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mechanical failure and human error led to the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter that killed three Minnesota National Guard members last December, according to a Guard summary released Wednesday. According to the summary of results …

Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Lacked Terrain Warning Device, NTSB Says

The helicopter ferrying basketball legend Kobe Bryant and eight others that slammed into a hillside near Los Angeles Sunday wasn’t equipped with a device designed to warn pilots when they’re in danger of hitting rising terrain. Investigators cautioned they weren’t …

Bryant Crash Copter Didn’t Have ‘Black Box’ Recorders, NTSB Says

The helicopter on which Kobe Bryant and eight other people died Sunday wasn’t equipped with crash-proof voice and data recorders, investigators said Monday night. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter carrying Bryant, his daughter and seven others wasn’t required to have the …

NYC Helicopter Ride Sparked Safety Concern Months Before Fatal Crash

A government safety inspector who saw a popular New York City, doors-off sightseeing helicopter flight operation six months before a fatal 2018 crash called it “unorthodox,” but officials thought they had no authority to regulate it and allowed it to …

Volocopter Eyes Launch Of Its Electric Helicopter Taxis In Singapore

SINGAPORE — German startup Volocopter said Singapore is emerging as one of the most likely destinations for the commercial launch of its electric helicopters, where it hopes to offer short-hop flights for the price of a limousine ride. The co-founder …

Amazon Unveils Futuristic Helicopter-Plane Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

Amazon.com Inc. has unveiled a revolutionary new drone — part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft — that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months. The new device takes off vertically, …

Texas Officers Fired From Helicopters 5 Times

Officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety have fired from helicopters five times in the past two years, disabling one vehicle. The Austin American-Statesman reported its findings Saturday. The newspaper says the information came from records obtained through a …

Hearing Begins in Alaska Over Fatal Coast Guard Crash

The defense took aim at a Coast Guard investigator’s contention that the co-pilot of a helicopter that crashed, killing three, was “not actively navigating.” An attorney for Lt. Lance Leone, John Smith, referred to the transcript of the cockpit voice …

Canadian’s Hawaii Trip Ends in Chopper Crash

The Canadian couple who died in a helicopter crash on the Hawaiian island of Molokai were taking their first vacation in several years. Stuart Robertson was second in command at Toronto-based Quartet Service Inc., a technology management service company, where …

Mexico Rules Out Engine Failure in Copter Crash

Mexican officials ruled out engine failure in the helicopter crash that killed the government’s No. 2 official, saying Sunday that all evidence in the investigation so far points to an accident. Civil aviation director Gilberto Lopez Meyer said at a …