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Investigators Slowly Release Details Into Helicopter Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant And Eight Others




Fans gather at a makeshift memorial to mourn the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed along with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash on January 26, at LA Live plaza in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 27, 2020.
Fans gather at a makeshift memorial to mourn the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed along with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash on January 26, at LA Live plaza in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 27, 2020.
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Laker legend Kobe Bryant often traveled by helicopter, so traveling by one last Sunday morning to his sports academy was nothing new. Details regarding what happened during the last minutes of the flight before it crashed in the hills of Calabasas are slowly coming to light as the National Transportation Safety Board investigate what caused the accident. 

According to CNN, in the final moments before the helicopter crashed, the pilot told air traffic control he was climbing in order to avoid a cloud layer. The weather conditions were reportedly foggy. But it’s still not quite clear why the helicopter crashed into the hillside, though investigators say they’re confident they will determine the cause. The crash left nine people dead, including 41-year-old Bryant and his daughter, Gianna and the pilot. NTSB officials called the scene devastating. Today on AirTalk, we check in with a former disaster response expert to discuss the latest details and what we’re likely to soon learn regarding the tragic crash. 

Guest:

Peter Goelz, former managing director, National Transportation Safety Board where he coordinated disaster response and directed investigative activities at several aviation accidents; Currently the senior vice president of O'Neill and Associates, a lobbying firm; he tweets @PeterGoelz