Kobe Bryant: the helicopter pilot was not qualified to fly in the fog

This is terrible news that basketball fans learned on January 26, 2020. While Kobe Bryant was aboard a helicopter with Gianna Maria, his 13-year-old daughter and three other people, the device fell and then caught fire, killing the occupants as well as the pilot. An investigation to determine the causes of this accident was then opened and according to information published by the Daily Mail on Tuesday, February 9, it seems that we know more. Ara Zobayan (50 years old), an experienced pilot, would have been disoriented by the thick fog in which he was flying. The media indicated that he would have warned during a radio exchange that he was going to climb to 1,200 meters above the ground to have a clearer vision. However, instead of ascending, the aircraft entered a left turn and then descended towards a hill in Calabasas, California. This was fatal for the passengers. “This maneuver is consistent with a pilot experiencing disorientation in space in conditions of limited visibility. He would have had the incorrect perception that the helicopter was climbing as it descended,” said Robert Sumwalt, president of the Security Bureau. of US national transportation.

While this terrible drama had moved the entire planet, Los Angeles County had revealed three months after the victims died instantly, long before the helicopter caught fire. The investigation also stopped on the pilot since the autopsy reports were to reveal whether he was drunk or drugged at the time of the facts. “Toxicology tests did not detect the presence of alcohol or drugs. The substances tested include benzodiazepine, cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, marijuana, opioids, phencyclidine and amphetamine.” Forensic scientists indicating that Ara Zobayan was fit to fly, the American press then indicated that it was an unfortunate accident: “The cause of death of the nine people who died was certified as blunt trauma. The mode of death was certified as an accident “. Has this revelation helped to appease those close to Kobe Bryant? As a reminder, a few days before the publication of the autopsy reports, the pilot’s family had blamed the passengers by indicating that they were “responsible for their own death” by affirming that all were “aware and voluntary of the risks involved”.

Kobe Bryant and Gianna Maria, never forgotten

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, a year after the terrible accident, the emotion was still very present and many tributes were paid to Los Angeles. Considered one of the best basketball players of all time, Kobe Bryant made an impression. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no ceremony could not be organized and more than 400 frescoes were painted on the walls, including 200 in Los Angeles alone. Many messages were also posted on social networks, including that of Vanessa Bryant, his wife who shared a moving letter sent to her by Aubrey, who was friends with her daughter Gianna Maria. “I constantly think about your beautiful daughter. Her smile and her attitude have made me become better. If I ever become a mother, I would like my daughter to become exactly like yours,” it read. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Maria are therefore always very present in the hearts of fans.

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