Latest Helicopter crashes News

3 killed when helicopter hits power line in California

Jun. 2, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Three people were killed when a helicopter contracted by Pacific Gas & Electric struck one of the utility's power lines and crashed into a Northern California hillside on Tuesday, igniting a grass fire and knocking out electricity to thousands of customers, officials said. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, released by the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB investigator Carol Hogan examines wreckage as part of the NTSB's investigation of a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif., that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others. Federal safety investigators bypassed aviation regulators on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and urged leading helicopter manufacturers to install so-called black boxes that would help determine the cause of crashes such as the one that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant.(James Anderson/National Transportation Safety Board via AP, File)

Safety board asks helicopter makers to install 'black boxes'

Jun. 2, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

Federal safety investigators bypassed aviation regulators on Tuesday and urged leading helicopter manufacturers to install so-called black boxes that would help determine the cause of crashes such as the one that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant. The National Transportation Safety Board appealed directly to six...

Military helicopter crash-lands in Russia, kills 4 on board

May. 26, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military helicopter crash-landed on an airfield Tuesday in the far eastern region of Chukotka, killing four people, the military said. The crash involving a Mi-8 helicopter may have been caused by a technical malfunction, the Defense Ministry said. Three crew members and a...

Lax safety led to fatal medical air crash, investigators say

May. 19, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lax safety culture at an air ambulance company led to the crash of a medical helicopter last year in snowy weather in Ohio that killed three people, federal investigators said Tuesday. Survival Flight's “inadequate management of safety” led the pilot to depart in...

Russia: Military helicopter crash lands killing all crew

May. 19, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said one of its helicopters crash-landed in an uninhabited area north of Moscow late Tuesday, killing all crew members. The Defense Ministry said the incident involving a Mi-8 helicopter occurred near the town of Klin, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Moscow. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, investigators work the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and several others in Calabasas, Calif. Autopsy reports released Friday, May 15, 2020 show that the pilot who flew Bryant show he did not have drugs or alcohol in his system when the helicopter crashed in Southern California in January, killing all nine aboard. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Report: Bryant crash pilot had no drugs, alcohol in system

May. 16, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released...

FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch during the U.S. national championships swimming meet in Irvine, Calif. Autopsy reports released Friday, May 15, 2020, show that the pilot who flew Bryant did not have drugs or alcohol in his system when the helicopter crashed in Southern California in January, killing all nine aboard. The causes of death for Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, pilot Ara Zobayan and the others have been ruled blunt force trauma. Federal authorities are still investigating the crash. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Autopsy: Pilot in Kobe Bryant crash had no alcohol, drugs

May. 15, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released...

FILE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant listens to a question as he meets with students at Andrew Hamilton School in Philadelphia.  The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by the late Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon's death in a helicopter crash.  The Thousand Oaks-based facility announced Tuesday, May 12, 2020, it would return to its original name of Sports Academy and retire the “Mamba” name to the rafters.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Kobe Bryant's sports academy retires "Mamba" nickname

May. 12, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon's death in a helicopter crash. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were...

CORRECTS DATE OF PHOTO TO THURSDAY, NOV. 22, 2018, INSTEAD OF NOV. 21, 2020, AND CORRECTS BYLINE TO MARIE D. DE JESÚS INSTEAD OF STEVE GONZALES - This Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, photo shows Houston police Officer Jason Knox in a restored HPD cruiser during the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston. The Houston police department tweeted that Knox, a Tactical Flight Officer, was killed when a police helicopter crashed early Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Houston officer injured in helicopter crash now serious

May. 3, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police officer injured in a police helicopter crash that killed another officer was in serious condition Sunday at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, according to spokesperson Natasha Barrett. Chase Cormier, 35, was upgraded from critical condition following surgery after the...

Authorities investigate the scene of a helicopter crash at an apartment complex in Houston,  Saturday, May 2, 2020.  Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says the helicopter was carrying a pilot and a tactical flight officer when it went down at an apartment complex in north Houston around 2 a.m. Saturday.  The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)/Houston Chronicle via AP)

1 Houston police officer killed, 1 injured in copter crash

May. 2, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police helicopter crashed early Saturday, killing one of the two officers on board and critically injuring the other, while assisting a call to search for bodies in a nearby bayou, officials said. A pilot and tactical flight officer were aboard a police helicopter when it crashed...