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Old 26th Jan 2020, 19:47
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Kobe Bryant killed in S76 crash

https://www.tmz.com/2020/01/26/kobe-...-in-calabasas/

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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:14
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L.A. Times is reporting crash of Sikorsky S-76 helicopter near Calabasas with five people on board and no survivors.

http://www.latimes.com/california/st...near-calabasas
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:14
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Some news here.

https://nypost.com/2020/01/26/kobe-b...icopter-crash/

Aviation safety net confirms S-76B N72EX

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/232468

Daily Mail with crash site video

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ter-crash.html

Very sad news

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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:15
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Helicopter crash kills Kobe Bryant

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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:17
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Kobe Bryant in Helicopter Crash

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51256756

US basketball legend Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash in California, US media report.

Bryant was travelling in a private helicopter when it burst into flames above the city of Calabasas, according to the reports.

The LA County Sheriff's department said that five people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday, with no survivors.

It did not immediately publish any names.

It said it received reports of the crash at about 10:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

Five-time NBA champion Bryant, 41, played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired in April 2016.

Bryant's achievements include being the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also two-time NBA scoring champion and a two-time Olympic champion.

He also won an Oscar for best short animated film in 2018 for for Dear Basketball, a five-minute film based on a love letter to the sport he had written in 2015.
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:26
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Photos purported to be from near the scene show very low clouds, and some obscured hills.

In what may be a sad coincidence, the town directly north of Calabasas is named.....Hidden Hills.

https://www.vvng.com/tmz-kobe-bryant...icopter-crash/
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:34
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Apparently N72EX.

From FlightRadar24:




https://www.flightradar24.com/data/a...n72ex#23a8271e

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FlightAware tracklog:

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...1708Z/tracklog
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:39
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......... the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, sources told the Los Angeles Times.
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:42
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:50
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13yr old daughter apparently on board also.

Why would it have circled like it did at Pasadena?
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:57
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Some news stations reporting at least one of Kobe’s children were on board.
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:58
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From the FR24 data it appears that the helo was following the Ventura Freeway westbound before taking a turn back east toward the hills.


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Old 26th Jan 2020, 20:59
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Originally Posted by nomorehelosforme View Post
Some news stations reporting at least one of Kobe’s children were on board.
ABC reported briefly that all of his kids were on board. That didn't add up and seems to have been an error.
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 21:04
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Live video from the crash site shows quite a large debris field.
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 21:19
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Just read that his oldest daughter, 13yo Gianna was onboard. Debris field looks there was some sort of breakage before it hit the ground? Anyone with expertise would share their thoughts? Any other basketball fans there would be heavy hearted.
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 21:31
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Originally Posted by Custard Cream View Post
13yr old daughter apparently on board also.

Why would it have circled like it did at Pasadena?
Closer to Glendale than Pasadena. Lots of sights there. LA Zoo, Griffith Park, Forest Lawn. Perhaps someone on board lived near there and they were circling their house...?
Could be anything. It was a private helicopter. The owner could ask the pilot to circle anywhere for a better look at anything I guess.
Very sad.
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 21:36
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Why would it have circled like it did at Pasadena?

Waiting for a clearance to the Burbank class C perhaps
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Old 26th Jan 2020, 21:37
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...... the pilot had pretty much been following The Ventura Freeway (valley) ..... heading westerly toward the Mamba Acadamy (destination) (aprox another 20-30 miles) to the west when flight aware shows a sudden turn south and then east into the hill ..... blue arrow shows route to the academy ....




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Old 26th Jan 2020, 21:41
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Last moments on FR24 data shows sharp increase in altitude with associated loss of airspeed. Possible flight towards rising terrain in low vis conditions and attempted emergency climb/turn/stall?






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Old 26th Jan 2020, 21:44
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Last ping on the FR24 track has the chopper with a ground speed of 153kts descending through 1700'.

Crash photo shows debris spread over a fair area. Impact with quite a bit of forward speed, perhaps? CFIT or mechanical?

Bloody sad.
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