Report: Kobe Bryant pilot may have been disoriented in the fog


LOS ANGELES — The pilot of the helicopter which crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant, and the other seven passengers, has reported that he was climbing when he went down, federal investigators said in documents released on Wednesday.

Ara Zobayan, by radio, to air traffic controllers that he was climbing to 4000 feet (1 220 m) until you get above the clouds on Jan. 26 when, in fact, the helicopter was diving towards a hill where it crashed in the north-west of Los Angeles.

The report by the National Transportation Safety Board said Zobayan may be “wrong” to the height of the aircraft, which can occur if a pilot became disoriented in low visibility.

Experts have said that the path of flight indicated Zobayan was disoriented.

The 1,700 pages of reports do not offer a conclusion as to what caused the accident, but the compilation of detailed reports. A final report on the cause is due later.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and six of their friends have been killed, along with Zobayan.


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