Soon before the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other people crashed into a Calabasas hillside, the pilot started a steep climb. What happened next is a mystery federal investigators are now trying to solve.
A Sikorsky S-76B helicopter impacted hilly terrain in Calabasas, Los Angeles County, California. All nine on board have died. The helicopter followed US Route 101 under a Special VFR clearance before turning left towards the hills near Calabasas, where it came down.
Five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant was among those on board. First reports suggested that there five people onboard, the sheriff later said that there were nine occupants, the pilot and eight passengers, including Kobe Bryant’s daughter.
Upon impact, the helicopter caught fire. Sheriff Alex Villlanueva said on Sunday: ‘It’s a logistical nightmare in a sense, because the crash site itself is not easily accessible.
The communications with ATS confirms Helicopter has been flying SVFR and approved by ATC.
What SVFR means in terms of safety and visibility?