KOBE BRYANT: NTSB Documents Say Pilot Dismissed Weather Concerns

Written by on June 18, 2020

According to text messages released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot who flew the ill-fated helicopter that crashed killing Kobe Brant, his daughter Gianna, and six others, dismissed concerns about the weather.

The night before the flight in late January, the broker who set up the trip for the NBA legend shared concern with the pilot that “weather could be an issue.”

The following morning, the pilot, Ara Zobayan, told the broker and the basketball star’s drivers that the weather “should be OK.”

About 90 minutes later, the chopper piloted by Zobayan, flew in the fog and crashed into a hillside near Calabasas.

Those text messages, along with 1,700 pages of documents, were released Wednesday by federal regulators. There is still a final to report to come, as these documents don’t reach conclusions about the cause of the crash. (Los Angeles Times)

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