Famous NBA player, Kobe Bryant, died in a plane crash, but the reason behind the crash was still unidentified until Tuesday, June 17. The team investigating the plane crash of Kobe and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, officially declares that the crash happened due to pilot-error, and not the plane itself.
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Associated Press reported today, June 17, that the cause of death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant happened due to man-error, on behalf of the pilot himself.
A 1,700-page report was released by the federal investigators saying how the Sikorsky S-76 suddenly crashed in the middle of woods above Calabasas, California.
The report says that Ara Zobayan, the pilot disoriented when the crash happened because of a thick fog covering the pilot’s visibility at the time.
When Zobayan radioed the air traffic controllers of climbing to 4,000 feet to get past the thick fog, the pilot did not know that the plane was heading in a different direction and was actually plunging towards the hills above Calabasas.
The report by the National Transportation Safety Board said Zobayan may have “misperceived” the angle of his plane and thought that the plane was climbing, but rather its been rapidly lowering down to the ground.
“Calculated apparent angles at this time show that the pilot could have misperceived both pitch and roll angles,” one report stated. “During the final descent the pilot, responding to (air traffic control), stated that they were ‘climbing to four thousand.'”
John Cox, an aviation safety consultant, explains that the plane’s movement had already shown disorientation in the pilot’s side. However, this was actually a common problem of pilots when heading to foggy places.
“He is not the first person to experience it,” Cox said. “It’s a significant cause of accidents.”
What happened to Kobe’s plane?
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On Jan. 26, the world was shocked when they heard about the death of the Los Angeles Lakers legendary player.
The initial investigation already crossed out the possibility of plane malfunction since the vehicle showed no signs of a problem with its system.
At the time, the team also defended the pilot since Zobayan scored satisfactory grades in maneuvering low-visibility conditions. However, the result came differently.
The late Matt Zuccaro, former president and CEO of Helicopter Association International, already said that pilots should practice an immediate landing whenever a problem occurred during flights.
“Why don’t pilots exercise one of the most unique and valuable capabilities of vertical flight – namely, land the damn helicopter!” Zuccaro wrote. “In a high percentage of crashes, this simple act would break the chain of events and prevent the accident.”