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Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash due to pilot error

This is underlined by a government appraisal - ATTACHMENT

Just over a year: thirteen months later an important truth is emerging about the helicopter crash that cost the life of American basketball champion Kobe Bryant. It was January 26, 2020 and the sportsman, together with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were on board a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter (Registration: N72EX). Aircraft was owned by the same sportsman and had taken off from Orange County-John Wayne Airport located in Santa Ana, California. The crash left no escape and in the last few hours the report of the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent investigative agency of the United States government, has highlighted how the tragedy was the consequence of an irresponsible decision by the pilot. The report also underlines how the presence on board of such an important passenger as Bryant has exerted a strong pressure on the man. The pilot, Ara Zobayan, would have dared too much in prohibitive weather conditions, finding himself disoriented and without reference points near the hills of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Zobayan would have continued the flight despite the cloud barrier and poor visibility, without being able to establish the right angle of the helicopter. He would also have discussed the prohibitive weather conditions in a Whatsapp chat, his last words, unfortunately prophetic.

On the same topic, read also the article published by AVIONEWS.

Attached, the report of National Transportation Safety Board (6 pages).

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency