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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...

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...

Pilot ejects safely as Indonesian fighter jet crashes

Jun. 15, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force fighter jet crashed during a training mission on Sumatra island on Monday, injuring the pilot, who was able to eject to safety, an official said. The pilot was on a solo flight following a routine training mission when the British-built Hawk 200 went down...

Indonesian army helicopter crashes, killing 4

Jun. 6, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

SEMARANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian army helicopter crashed on the main island of Java on Saturday, killing four of the nine people on board, officials said. The Russian-made MI17 helicopter was carrying nine soldiers on a training mission when it went down and burst into flames in Central Java...

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...

1 dead in helicopter crash near Roseburg

May. 28, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A person was killed in a helicopter crash near Roseburg. The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. Thursday on private property south of the Green district of Roseburg, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said. Local fire, EMS and police agencies responded and are coordinating with...

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...