Autopsy Reports Released in Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant (Credit: YouTube)

The cause of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, but new information has emerged in the case.

Autopsy reports released Friday by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office show pilot Ara Zobayan, 50, did not have drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, according to the report obtained by the Associated Press.

The chopper crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California under foggy conditions. The AP described the coroner’s report as “clinical but unvarnished,” saying it detailed “broken bones, dismembered body parts and a stench of fuel on what remained of clothing that burned.”

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A shorter version of the report on the coroner’s website says everyone on board the helicopter died of blunt trauma. “The manner of death was certified as accident,” the website says.

Each victim was given a case number in the report, which lists the location of their deaths as “mountain side.”

Bryant, 41, was traveling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the others to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The other victims were identified as John Altobelli, 56; Sarah Chester, 45; Keri Altobelli, 46; Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Payton Chester, 13; and Christina Mauser, 38.