Feb 08, 2020 10:08 AM

Kobe Bryant helicopter had nearly cleared blinding clouds

Posted Feb 08, 2020 10:08 AM

By STEFANIE DAZIO-Associated Press  

LOS ANGELES (AP)-Investigators say the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant and eight others was almost out of blinding clouds when it plunged and crashed into a Southern California hillside.

An investigative update released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board says there wasn't any sign of engine failure in the Jan. 26 crash northwest of Los Angeles.

The update doesn't say what caused the crash, but it indicates the pilot was only 100 feet from the cloud tops when he suddenly descended. The update reinforces the notion that the pilot became disoriented while trying to get to clear skies.

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Feb 08, 2020 10:08 AM
Ice-jam, flooding on Elkhorn River close stretch of highway

SCRIBNER, Neb. (AP) - Officials shut down a stretch of rural highway in eastern Nebraska on Friday after ice jams on the Elkhorn River sent floodwaters over it.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation announced on Twitter that it had closed a nine-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 275 between Scribner and West Point. The department said in a tweet that water was covering part of the highway. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Dodge County until 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Dodge County Emergency Manager Thomas Smith told the Omaha World-Herald that the area flooded is open farmland.

Ice jams are typical along that stretch of the river because of several bends in it there, Smith said. No county roads have closed due to the flooding, he said.

"Everybody's working together to watch it and make sure that everything comes out and we do the best we can," Smith said.

Last March, historic flooding in eastern Nebraska closed 3,300 highway miles and 27 highway bridges.