Kobe Bryant Killed In Helicopter Crash Near Malibu

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed along with four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning, according to reports.

Bryant’s helicopter crashed amid foggy conditions in the Calabasas area outside of Los Angeles around 10:30 a.m. PST Sunday. All Five people onboard have been confirmed dead, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

The Los Angeles Times confirmed that Kobe Bryant had been killed in the crash

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was killed along with four other people in a helicopter crash into a hillside near Malibu Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Bryant was 41 years old.

None of the five passengers on board the helicopter survived the crash, which was called in at 9:47 a.m. on the 4200 block of Las Virgenes Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lost Hills/Malibu station, although they confirmed no passenger names.

The helicopter was described as a Sikorsky S-76, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

A fire was ignited on the hillside but was later extinguished, the sheriff’s department said.

Eyewitnesses also tell us that they heard the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down. As you can see, flames and smoke covered much of the scene from the wreck. The official cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

L.A. weather was extremely foggy Sunday morning, and law enforcement sources tell us even LAPD air support was grounded because of it. Flight tracker data shows Kobe’s chopper appeared to first encounter weather issues as it was above the L.A. Zoo. It circled that area at least 6 times at a very low altitude – around 875 feet – perhaps waiting for the fog to clear. We know the pilot contacted the control tower at Burbank Airport around 9:30 AM PT, and the tower was aware the pilot had been circling for about 15 minutes.

The pilot eventually headed north along the 118 freeway before turning to the west, and started following above the 101 freeway around Woodland Hills, CA. At around 9:40 AM they encounter more weather – as in seriously heavy fog – and the chopper turned south. This was critical, because they turned toward a mountainous area. The pilot suddenly and rapidly climbed from about 1200 feet up to 2000 feet. However, moments later – around 9:45 AM – they flew into a mountain at 1700 feet. Flight tracker data shows they were flying at about 161 knots.

Just yesterday, Bryant was passed by LeBron James for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“Continuing to move the game forward,” Bryant tweeted at James, in congratulations.

Gianna Maria Onore aka GiGi

“An onshore flow led to the development of low clouds and fog that settled in late last evening for much of the area. The low clouds and fog remain in place through midday Sunday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Danielle Knittle said. “Winds were very light around the time of the crash at less than 5 mph.”

(Via a statement from Kobe’s rep) that Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore aka GiGi was on board the helicopter and has died.

John Altobelli, Orange Coast College Baseball Coach, is Reportedly Identified as a Crash Victim long with his daughter Alyssa and wife Keri.

The Altobelli family consisted of five people before the crash. Today, a son and daughter are all that is left.

Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years — dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.
KB is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters — Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri. Kobe and Vanessa got married in 2001 after meeting in 1999.
Kobe has recently been spotted out at NBA games with his daughter Gianna whom also passed away in the crash– a rising star basketball player herself. Their youngest daughter, Capri, was just born in June 2019.

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  1. HOW KOBE DIED There is some mis information on this high profile crash, and a new video that I would like to highlight here that will shed some light on what really happened to these 9 people.
    1) The flight was specifically “NOT” operating on a special clearance of any kind when it crashed. The media has latched on to this aspect as a factor when it had nothing to do with it. A “special VFR” clearance can be used as a free pass to transit someones airspace when the weather really is for IFR airplanes only. Makes sense. When the weather is bad, they only let the bad weather airplanes go in and out. This guy was a good weather VFR aircraft and he first wanted to cut through class C airspace and after a brief delay, they granted his request. This is kind of like saying “Hey down there, I know the weather is not good but can I just squeek by real low and I will be out of your way and gone?” Next the class D controller also approved his request for same thing. The helicopters “special” status evaporated the instant that they left the class D 5 mile ring around that airport.
    2) There is no minimum weather required except ONE MILE VIS AND STAY CLEAR OF CLOUDS for this flight after leaving the class D. He was totally legal.
    3) The min safe altitude for airplanes is different that it is for choppers. Planes have to stay at least 1000 feet above ground at all times, choppers can do what they want.
    4) Chopper way of life is typically down low hugging the earth. This is standard for them. This is called Scud running and it is totally legal and pretty normal for choppers. Just depends on how low you will go and what kind of terrain you are in. Airplanes also scud run and I myself have flown low to get to point B many times when I should not have. We have all done it.
    5) This pilot followed the highway once he joined it and intended to follow it across this small patch of terrain. Flying over the highway is the safest place to be.
    6) The elevation of the highway was rising rapidly as he proceeded and at that speed he found himself in pure clouds and lost sight of the highway. Also interesting to note that the highway changes color from bright white to very dark which would make it look like it disappeared from view to him.
    7) Things went real bad real fast as the pilot was in deep and he knew it. He executed a sharp pullup and left turn to start an emergency 180 degree turn back out, but that is when SD set in big time.

    KOBE DIED OF SD. SD is spatial disorientation and his pilot relied on inner ear sensation instead of instruments for pitch and rate of turn info. The sudden pull up into pure blinding fog caused him to turn hard left and go steep nose down. The Louisiana Cheyenne crash was the same thing…steep descending left hand turn after entering clouds.
    This phenomena is known as SD is is a huge killer of both airplane and helicopter pilots alike. The pilot of that S-76 hit the ground and never saw it coming, and he had no idea what his actual pitch and bank were at that time. Unknowns at this time are just how IFR savvy the guy was and if he was even capable of single pilot IFR or not. Still yet TBD.

    This video enclosed (not mine) is the best on the web so far to explain this path and how these people died.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSHpbGhy3Ko&t=71s&fbclid=IwAR0X847Jz_78o3ryvFgeGiXy8rO9TZ7DQ2OWzXV9Lk5h2TrrukVm58GNiFk

    KOBE BRYANT DIED OF SD.

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