Kobe helicopter crash cause exposed: Los Angeles fog, low-altitude circling many times

NBA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has died in a private helicopter crash near Calabasas, California, on the morning of January 26. Los Angeles police said a helicopter crashed into flames about 911 at about 9:47 a.m. local time. None of the nine people on board survived, including Bryant and his second daughter, Gianna.

According tomedia reports, the day there was severe fog in Los Angeles, and even the Los Angeles police air support department was grounded.

Kobe helicopter crash cause exposed: Los Angeles fog, low-altitude circling many times

Flight tracker data showed Bryant’s helicopter hovered at least six times over the Los Angeles Zoo, or was waiting for the fog to clear.

At around 9:30 a.m., the pilot contacted the Berbank Airport control tower and said the plane had been hovering for at least 15 minutes.

The helicopter then continued to fly along Highway 101, and about 10 minutes later, it turned to more foggy mountains in the south, where the pilot quickly climbed from 1,200 feet to 2,000 feet.

At about 9:45 a.m., flight trackers showed the helicopter flying 1,700 feet above the mountain at a speed of 161 knots.

Bryant’s destination was a basketball practice session at Mamba College in nearby Thousand Oaks, according to people familiar with the matter.