NTSB: Zobayan may have been disorientated due to the fog

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The National Transportation Safety Board released more information into the helicopter crash that claimed the life of Kobe Bryant and eight others in January on Wednesday. While they released this new information, their full report still has not been released, nor will it be released for several more months.

KTLA is reporting that Ara Zobayan thought he was actually climbing out of the fog. However, he was actually descending in the documents that were released.

Helicopter
Helicopter (Photo by Pixabay)

Zobayan was talking to air traffic controllers that he was overheard that he was climbing to 4,000 feet in attempt to get above the clouds. A short time later, the helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California.

The latest report claims that Zobayan may have ‘misperceived at the angles’ when he was descending that January morning. The NTSB said that this can happen due to low visibility.

“Calculated apparent angles at this time show that the pilot could have misperceived both pitch and roll angles,” one report stated. “During the final descent the pilot, responding to (air traffic control), stated that they were ‘climbing to four thousand.’”

The NTSB said that there was 1,700 pages of the report that they released. However, while they believe fog was a factor in the crash, no conclusion has been released as an official cause of the crash.

Bryant was the high-profile person on the helicopter. His daughter, Zobayan, and six others perished in the plane crash, as it hit a hillside in Calabasas.

They were planning on going to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California to play in a travel tournament when the accident happened.

Vanessa Bryant has sued Island Express, which owned the helicopter, and Zobayan’s estate following the crash. The NTSB report said that ‘their safety culture could have been better.’

Previously, the NTSB said that there was no mechanical problems to the plane that led to the crash.

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