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Kobe helicopter tried to climb to avoid clouds before crash


January 28, 2020

Mark J. Terrill – Associated Press

Firefighters and sheriffs work the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and several others were killed in the helicopter crash on a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California on Sunday.

CALABASAS, Calif. - The pilot of the helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles, killing former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others, told air traffic controllers in his last radio message that he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer before plunging more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) into a hillside, an accident investigator said.

Radar indicated the helicopter reached a height of 2,300 feet (701 meters) Sunday morning before descending, and the wreckage was found at 1,085 feet (331 meters), Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board said during a news conference Monday afternoon.


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