NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a sudden accident, and eight other passengers, including his daughter, were also killed. More details about the crash were disclosed at a press conference held by the NTSB in charge of the investigation on Monday night.
NTSB investigators said there was no black box on the crashed helicopter, but search and rescue investigators found an iPad that may contain some navigation information to help investigators find out what happened at the time. The FBI is currently assisting the NTSB in its investigations, but the FBI is not involved in criminal investigations.
According to investigators, Bryant’s helicopter took off from John Wayne Airport and flew southeast of Burbank Airport. The helicopter lost radar contact at 9:45 AM PST. The pilot climbed to 2,500 feet a moment before losing contact. According to NTSB investigations, the helicopter crashed at an altitude of 1,085 feet.
It is worth noting that according to Flightradar24 data, Kobe’s helicopter was flying at a speed of about 184mph (296KM / h) and descending at a speed of 4,000 feet per minute. A helicopter pilot also expressed his own doubts about this: he did not understand why Kobe’s pilots kept flying at such a high speed in dense fog. At the same time, it was reported that Kobe ’s pilot in the helicopter was a very experienced flight instructor. NTSB is still investigating the accident.