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Preliminary Report Out On Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash; No Engine Problems Detected

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A drone view of the January 26th crash site in Calabasas where nine people died, including NBA star Kobe Bryant. A preliminary report says there is no sign of engine failure.

A preliminary federal report into the helicopter crash which killed NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, and eight other people in Calabasas shows there is no sign of engine problems.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued an 11 page report focused on the facts surrounding the January 26th accident.  It's expected to take 12 to 14 months before a final report with conclusions as to what happened is completed.

The preliminary report notes that all significant parts of the helicopter were located.  Investigators say the examination of the main and tail rotor assemblies showed that they had power at the time of the crash, and there was no sign of failure with those key components.

The NTSB report says the main wreckage was more than 120 feet from the impact site.  The helicopter's cabin burned on impact.  The report also says the helicopter was up to date on inspections, and had no known issues. 

One of the big questions is what role limited visibility in the area at the time might have played in the crash.

NTSB officials say they have collected a lot of factual information, and are confident they will be able to determine what led to the crash.