Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Autopsies Revealed that Pilot Tested Negative for Drugs
The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in January, killing Mr. Bryant and eight others, didn’t have alcohol or drugs in his system. The victims all died from blunt trauma.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Friday, 15 May, released autopsies for the victims of the helicopter crash in California that killed the basketball star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and all seven other people on board.
The report for the pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, said he had tested negative for alcohol and drugs. Investigators with the National Transportation and Safety Board are still reviewing the Jan. 26 crash, and have largely focused on the weather conditions near Calabasas, Calif.
An initial report from the safety board found that there was no evidence of engine failure.
Many of the autopsy reports’ 180 pages are devoted to detailed descriptions of the victims’ injuries. The cause of death for all nine victims is listed as blunt trauma.
The autopsy report for Mr. Bryant, 41, runs 17 pages and describes injuries to nearly his entire body. “These injuries are rapidly if not instantly fatal,” a medical examiner wrote.