RIP Kobe Bryant

Fender57

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Yeah. Here's a great article (Forbes again lolz), that explains it all pretty well:

So basically the guy got caught in an unusual situation for SoCal and the lack of communication with air control between Van Nuys and Camarillo did him in. There was no update on how bad it was in Camarillo and heading that way. He was descending rapidly to get UNDER the fog and hit the mountain. If it had the terrain warning system he likely would have made it at least thru that part of the escape from the fog. Not sure how they didn't get a full report on the weather to the end of the route.....that should have been available and an update available by time he got to LA....WTF. He probably never would have headed into fog if he'd known how bad it was.

Seems odd that Kobe didn't arrange to have his helicopter piloted by an elite charter with a top notch pilot fully qualified to operate in weather. He had plenty of dough...no need to skimp. They discuss how it costs these charter companies to maintain instrument ratings and licensing. Geez. Just spend the extra dough to get the very best, even if it's in So Cal where mostly the weather is tame. Fog can happen unexpectedly along the coast....maybe that's what happened.
That is tragic all around. Once he hit the fog it was all over. He probably panicked.
 

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That is tragic all around. Once he hit the fog it was all over. He probably panicked.
Yeah sounds like that's what happened, he realized he was in over his head and was in a hurry to get out of it. damn.
 

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No mechanical malfunction according to the NTSB.

yeah heard that on the news today. it's gonna be pilot error and flying into the fog and no terrain warning on board. Not even licensed to fly in weather. Get ready for bigtime lawsuits. That charter company is history.
 

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yeah heard that on the news today. it's gonna be pilot error and flying into the fog and no terrain warning on board. Not even licensed to fly in weather. Get ready for bigtime lawsuits. That charter company is history.
Just as you predicted.
 
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