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I saw that. Pretty sad, I believe his wife was with him as well. Certainly the passing of a sports icon.

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Re: Kobe Bryant killed in Helicopter Crash

Who are the other four killed?
Sad indeed, thoughts and prayers to the families.

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I read that his wife was not on board. Waiting for more info.

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Was him, his oldest daughter a teammate of hers on travel team and another parent. Also pilot. Sad indeed

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Re: Kobe Bryant killed in Helicopter Crash

NEWS just said his 13 y.o. Daughter was among the 5 killed.

Very sad.


https://www.wbaltv.com/article/kobe-...crash/30667136


The Los Angeles Times confirmed the former L.A. Lakers player died in the crash.
#BREAKING: Kobe Bryant, the NBA and MVP who spanned a 20-year career with the L.A. Lakers, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. He was 41.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 26, 2020
None of the occupants of the helicopter survived the crash, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Five people confirmed deceased, no survivors in #Calabasas helicopter crash. #LASD #Malibu deputies remain with #LA County Fire personnel. Investigation ongoing.

Avoid the area until further notice.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020
Among the occupants was Bryant's daughter Gianna, a.k.a. GiGi, who also died in the crash, TMZ reports.
ESPN senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that another player parent and their child were aboard as well. Bryant, his daughter and the other passengers were reportedly on their way to a basketball game.
Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020
Firefighters are currently trying to lay hose so they can preserve any evidence for investigators.
The crash was called in by mountain bikers, who spotted the downed helicopter sitting several hundred feet off the road.

This is a developing story.

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Nine lives perished according to Fox News

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Re: Kobe Bryant killed in Helicopter Crash

Just read today that from 2000 to 2015 that chopper was owned by the State of Illinois for VIP transport of the governor and others. It was issued a suitable certificate of air worthiness in 2015.

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I hold a commercial pilot/instrument multi engine rating pilot license.

From the evidence I see it the pilot basically flew into low visibility weather and contacted cumulous granite. ie a mountain.

Happens way too often by otherwise very experienced pilots.

Damn sad for the families and friend of the deceased.

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I hold a commercial pilot/instrument multi engine rating pilot license.

From the evidence I see it the pilot basically flew into low visibility weather and contacted cumulous granite. ie a mountain.

Happens way too often by otherwise very experienced pilots.

Damn sad for the families and friend of the deceased.
It's funny - I spent four years in Army Aviation, was Colin Powell's crew chief when I was stationed in Europe while he was V Corps commander. I spent 3 years and two months attached to an aviation unit (2200 hours) and made a point of never getting in a helicopter (we flew a Beech Super King Air). I saw far too many lawn dart for any number of reasons and have made a point of not getting in one, ever. None of them, not the Hawaii tour, Alaska fly out or anything else.

For what it's worth, I never met a helicopter pilot that willingly flew IFR - most avoided it like the plague. Too easy to get upside wrong when you can essentially fly or fall on all axis. Not to speak ill of the dead but I would bet as John says he flew into terra firma at high speed in the fog/low lying cloud.

Really sad all the way around for everyone.

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X2 above. Certainly not speaking ill of the tragic loss of life.

I’ve lost too many friends/pilots. And most often very good pilots making a bad decision to fly VFR into IFR weather.

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Yes, and who from FAA gave the waiver to fly in that? Stories I see say he had special permission to fly. RIP

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Special VFR is very common. It puts the responsibly on the pilot to maintain visual ground contact.

Been there done that. It’s the PIC (pilot in command) responsible to go/no go and maintain visual clearance.

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Read that the police had grounded their aircraft that morning due to the fog

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