Kobe Bryant’s Sikorsky S-76 private helicopter, a type that has a strong safety record

The basketball icon Kobe Bryant was killed in a crash of his private helicopter on Sunday in Calabasas, California. Pepperdine Graphic, Pepperdine University’s student-run newspaper, published a tweet Sunday that showed what appeared to be an image of the helicopter and smoke in the distance. All nine people aboard the helicopter were killed, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. The helicopter was said to be traveling to Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball practice. Bryant’s use of the private helicopter became well known as the Los Angeles Lakers…

Afghan plane crash: Mystery over crash in Taliban territory

The US military has joined an investigation into a plane that crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. Local officials initially said the aircraft that came down in Deh Yak district, Ghazni province, belonged to state-owned airline Ariana. But the airline denied this, prompting questions about the origin of the aircraft and the cause of the crash. Hardline Iranian news agency Fars posted footage of what it said was the plane, with US Air Force markings. Video and images posted on Fars’s social media accounts appeared to show a Bombardier E-11A…