By Tony Winterburn • 27 January 2020 • 12:21
The Pilot of the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, was warned ‘you’re too low’ as they flew through fog despite cops GROUNDING their fleet over safety fears as more of the nine victims of the Calabasas crash are named.
Aircraft crash investigators are still at the scene searching for clues, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in the helicopter crash at around 10 am Sunday.
Baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, daughter Alyssa and basketball coach Christina Mauser also died. The private Sikorsky S-76 helicopter caught fire after it struck a hillside in Calabasas amid heavy fog. Police have confirmed their helicopters were grounded Sunday, as the weather ‘did not meet our standards’. In air traffic control audio taken shortly before the crash, the pilot is told he is ‘too low’ for radar tracking
Sources say the group was headed to Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for basketball practice, the cause of the crash is under investigation and witnesses say they heard the chopper engine ‘sputtering’
Bryant and Gianna are survived by his wife Vanessa and three other daughters Natalia, Bianca and Capri. He spent his entire 20-year career with the LA Lakers, winning five NBA championships before retiring in 2016, the news of his death sent shockwaves around the world as dozens of celebrities paid tribute on social media.
Flight data shows the aircraft appeared to get into trouble above the LA Zoo, where it circled for 15 minutes at a very low altitude in the run-up to the crash at around 10 am.
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