CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA (CBS) — The National Transportation Safety Board, FBI, and local investigators are at the scene of Sunday’s helicopter crash that claimed the lives of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven other people. They are looking for answers as to why the chopper crashed in the hills outside Los Angeles.
Investigators are combing through the wreckage of Sunday’s helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others.
They’re looking for any clues that could explain why the chopper slammed into a hillside in foggy weather.
“There was one initial impact. Part of the debris was down, another part of the debris was over the hill, and then the main rotor was about 100 feet beyond that,” said Jennifer Homendy, NTSB.
Bryant and his party were en route from his home base in Orange County to his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks.
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The pilot, identified as Ara Zobayan, was in contact with air traffic controllers just before the crash.
Flight track records show the Sikorsky S-76 was circling for about 12 minutes over the Glendale area.
The FAA says the pilot was instrument-rated, meaning he was qualified to fly in worse than normal conditions.
Investigators will be looking into why the pilot continued the flight despite deteriorating weather conditions that were serious enough for local law enforcement agencies to ground their own helicopters.
“Were not just focusing here on weather though. We take a broad look at everything around an investigation, around an accident. We look at man, machine and environment,” said Jennifer Homendy, NTSB.
As the investigation goes on, the outpouring of grief continues among fans.
the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 2016.
The NBA postponed tomorrow night’s game against the Clippers, as the team grieves the loss of one of its most iconic players.
The Lakers released a statement today, saying the team would like to thank fans for their tremendous outpouring of support and condolences.