• Thomas Parker

No engine failure in Bryant helicopter crash

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday that its investigation into the helicopter crash last month that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others showed no evidence of engine failure.

A final report isn't expected for at least a year, and Friday's report did not offer any definitive findings on what caused the crash. Investigators believe that the engines were working and that rotors were turning at the time of impact due to a cut tree branch at the crash site.

Ara Zobayan was the pilot of the helicopter and had more than 8,200 hours of flight time. Zobayan was also instrument-certified, a more difficult certification to obtain that allows pilots to fly at night and through clouds.

A public memorial for Bryant and other crash victims will be held on February 24th at the Staples Center. The date corresponds to Bryant's No. 24 jersey and his daughter Gianna's No. 2 jersey.

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