Death of Kobe Bryant : the fog at the origin of the crash ? - The Point

The investigation into the causes of the death of Kobe Bryant advance. The pilot in the helicopter accident that claimed the life of NBA legend told air traffic

Death of Kobe Bryant : the fog at the origin of the crash ? - The Point

The investigation into the causes of the death of Kobe Bryant advance. The pilot in the helicopter accident that claimed the life of NBA legend told air traffic controllers that he was trying to get out of a thick fog just before the aircraft hit the hill. Ara Zobayan has explained in a radio exchange that he was going to climb to 4000 feet (1 200 meters) shortly before the helicopter crashed near Calabasas on 26 January, causing his death, that of Bryant, her daughter, Gianna 13-year-old and six other people.

A partial transcript of the communications between Zobayan and the air traffic controller is among the documents released Wednesday by the national Council of the transportation safety board (NTSB) in charge of the investigation. "Uh, we climb to four thousand," says Zobayan. "And then what are you going to do when you are in altitude ? ", replies the controller. Without response.

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The investigation continues

the first elements of the investigation revealed that the helicopter had plunged several hundred feet before the accident occurs. The NTSB, which continues to lead the investigation pointed out that this "public folder" was not a final report "and that it does not contain analysis, conclusions, recommendations or determinations of probable cause" of the accident. "As such, no conclusion on the cause of the accident and the way in which it is produced should not be drawn from the information contained in the file," said the NTSB, which will publish its final report at a later date, yet to be determined.

The death of Kobe Bryant, 41-year-old has caused a lively emotion in the world beyond the sport. In 20 years played in the Los Angeles Lakers, he won five titles of champion NBA, and been named best player of the League in 2007-08.

Updated Date: 17 June 2020, 20:33

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