Sikorsky S-76B News

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …