TMZ is reporting that there was no outward evidence of engine failure found in the helicopter accident that killed Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and seven other passengers on January 26.
They explain, “The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary findings into the crash saying it appears the engine was working at the time of the crash because there was a cut tree branch at the crash scene.”
They add, “The NTSB report says the helicopter’s instrument panel was completely destroyed in the wreckage.The main wreckage was 127 feet from the impact site — and that’s where investigators found both engines, the entire fuselage, portions of the cockpit instrument panel and other key pieces of the aircraft.”
As previously reported, Kobe’s helicopter was not equipped with either a terrain awareness and warning system, flight data recorder, nor a cockpit voice recorder.
The NTSB will release its final report about the crash in the next 12 to 18 months. It will be more detailed and will include “findings, recommendations and probable cause for the crash.”