On Friday, officials were able to announce that there was no evidence of engine failure from the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others.
The National Transportation Safety Board says that there was evidence that a rotor blade sliced a tree branch at the crash site. The findings indicate that the engine was functioning as the helicopter made impact on a hillside in Calabasas, California, that unfortunate day.
However, the NTSB will continue to investigate the crash and the site of the crash. According to reports, it will take at least a year for a full report on the investigation. At the time of the collision, Bryant was traveling with his daughter and others on their way to a youth basketball tournament. The tournament was at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Ca. The death of Bryant and his daughter shook the basketball world as a whole.
Helicopter That Kobe Bryant Was In During Crash Under Inspection
The company that operated the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that crashed, Island Express Helicopters, have suspended their operations. According to reports from the New York Times, Island Express did not have the correct certification for its pilots to fly in poor visibility conditions.
Ara Zobayan, the pilot and one of the nine who died, had certifications qualifying him to use the navigation system. However, the company did not have the proper permits to allow their pilots to fly at low altitudes.
Dianne Feinstein, California’s U.S. Sen., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman are calling for the FAA to require TAWS in all passenger helicopters.
On Feb. 24, the city of Los Angeles plans to celebrate Kobe Bryant and his daughter’s memory. The date is symbolic as it incorporates Gianna’s basketball jersey No. 2 and Bryant’s No. 24, that he wore with the Lakers. With that in mind, the whole world is praying for the Bryant family. We are also praying for the other families of those in the crash.