Latest Helicopter crashes News

The procession of firefighting pilot Bryan Boatman, who lost his life on the Polles Fire, makes it way through Mesa, Ariz., Friday, July 10, 2020. Boatman, 37, was killed in a helicopter crash July 7th in the Tonto National Forest while flying in supplies to firefighters in extreme remote area of the Tonto National Forest. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Procession carries pilot killed in Arizona wildfire crash

Jul. 10, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A procession that included fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles on Friday escorted a white hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin of an Arizona helicopter pilot killed in a crash while helping fight a wildfire. The procession led by Arizona Highway Patrol vehicles took Bryan Boatman of...

Ducey orders flag honor for pilot killed in wildfire fight

Jul. 8, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff Wednesday for a pilot killed in a helicopter crash while helping fight a wildfire. The crash that killed Bryan Boatman of Glendale occurred Tuesday under unknown circumstances, officials said. The identity of...

Helicopter helping fight Payson wildfire crashes, pilot dies

Jul. 7, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter helping to fight a wildfire near Payson crashed under unknown circumstances Tuesday, killing the pilot, authorities said. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the pilot was the only person aboard the Bell UH-1H helicopter that went down Tuesday afternoon about...

Company that flew Kobe Bryant's helicopter gets federal help

Jul. 6, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

The operator of the helicopter that crashed, killing former NBA star Kobe Bryant and eight others, received between $150,000 and $350,000 from taxpayers under a program to help small businesses hurt by the virus pandemic. Island Express Helicopters Inc. of Long Beach, California, was approved for the funds to...

Helicopter pilot survives crash in Florida park

Jun. 26, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a helicopter pilot transporting building materials survived a crash near a Florida park. Police in Coconut Creek said the helicopter went down Thursday afternoon in a wooded area adjacent to Tradewinds Park, in Broward County. No one else was aboard the aircraft....

Arizona history June 28-July 4

Jun. 24, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

Sunday, June 28 On this date in 1888, The Phoenix Herald announced the arrival of 16 ostriches, delivered to M.E. Clanton who was establishing a local ostrich farm. On this date in 1909, the Tucson Citizen reported that a masked bandit held up a street car at the main gate of the University of Arizona and took a...

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, Italy's Alessandro

Zanardi remains in serious condition after handbike crash

Jun. 20, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian race car champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi was in a medically induced coma and remained in serious condition a day after crashing his handbike into a truck and smashing his face. Zanardi — who lost both of his legs in a race-car crash nearly 20 years ago...

Authorities: Pilot killed in North Carolina helicopter crash

Jun. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A helicopter pilot from Virginia was killed Thursday evening after his aircraft struck a power line and crashed in North Carolina, authorities said. The helicopter went down in a field north of Goldsboro just before 5:30 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed. North...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB investigators Adam Huray, right, and Carol Hogan examine wreckage as part of the NTSB's investigation of a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. Federal investigators said Wednesday, June 17, 2020, that the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he actually was descending. (James Anderson/National Transportation Safety Board via AP, File)

Probe: Kobe Bryant pilot may have become disoriented in fog

Jun. 17, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported the aircraft was ascending when it actually was heading for the ground, federal investigators said in documents released Wednesday. Ara Zobayan radioed to air traffic...

Texts show timeline leading to Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Jun. 17, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog northwest of Los Angeles in January, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, may have become disoriented in thick fog, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday. Ara Zobayan reported he was...