Kobe Bryant helicopter crash: Tower communication, satellite images detail flight path | ABC7



67 Responses

  1. Jamel Ling

    January 28, 2020 10:32 pm

    They held in a holding pattern (flying circles) because of IFR arrival traffic into Van Nuys.
    If pilot had filed IFR instead of the Special VFR they would have departed Orange County Airport later and had a landing time slot. Van Nuys ceiling was 1100'. Pilot of helo said they were at 1400', then 1500'.
    Why they flew 16 miles west no one will ever know.

  2. Hontas Farmer

    January 28, 2020 11:54 pm

    Here is another question. Why not fly just off the coast over the ocean keeping the coast in sight as a landmark? He'd cross the air space of LAX but at least there are no mountains over the sea. (Flying over the sea has it's own issues but in a twin engine aircraft, with just fog and not an actual storm they would've been ok.

  3. RUSHisRIGHT09

    January 29, 2020 2:11 am

    so im confused. I thought they were going to thousand oaks?? if they were following the 101 then why not just stay on the 101. looks like it goes right to thousand oaks. Why go left and out of the way??

  4. Mark Shinnick

    January 29, 2020 2:47 am

    I believe he saw the terrain, climbed for radar coverage, got caught by settling with power, rolled-off, accelerating with too little to recover.

  5. MrSoccerball100

    January 29, 2020 3:34 am


  6. Dappadonna G

    January 29, 2020 12:27 pm

    But I’m not understanding, the helicopter just crashed into the ground bc it went the wrong way, or did it hit something higher up that broke it and caused it to crash? What happened? They don’t know yet?

  7. Aristotle Limjuco

    January 29, 2020 2:13 pm

    They make it sound like he was too low but his altitude remained the same from van nuys at 1500ft. Before the crash the chopper was at 2300 ft. Data is on the left side of the radar image of the chopper. Decent rate was 2000 ft/min. Helicopter fell out of the sky.

  8. Domino Diamond

    January 29, 2020 4:58 pm

    Looks like it fell more down than forward. If anything it fell 1,000 foot the gained decent forward momentum in the final hundreds of feet.
    Flight path Like the letter C sort of.

  9. Karibell Lovee

    January 29, 2020 9:07 pm

    Terrible accident and I feel the man wit so much experience to drive a helicopter 🚁 take that chance to keep going knowing he couldn’t see nothing on that weather like that all bad he couldn’t just turn around n pull down safe n waiting for the fog 🌫 to clear out this is a terrible accident 😞 . RIP TO ALL THE PERSONS THAT HAD TO PASS ALWAY OVER A BAD DECISION 😞😞

  10. Chris Lee

    January 29, 2020 9:09 pm

    Question?????? Why the unnecessary circling by Dodger Stadium and why the sudden descending angles and total collapse if there was no sign of low fuel or bad engine. You just dont drop out of air 2300 ft for nothing…??

  11. Spivey

    January 30, 2020 12:12 am

    Let’s stop placing blame on the pilot! Obviously the conditions weren’t that bad if he couldn’t land due to delays with other incoming flights! He wasn’t the only aircraft in the sky that morning. Let’s be respectful and wait u til the officials complete their investigation!

  12. jaguarpawz

    January 30, 2020 1:16 am

    What a stuuuuuuupid pilot
    What a pushy high profile figure demanding to make it on time… Bunch of idiots.. Safety first…. Your embarrass situation later…
    Kobe said himself in an interview.
    He said" get over your self you are not that important in this world to be worrying. So what was the hurry ? Just dumb as fuck

  13. Corey

    January 30, 2020 2:33 am

    This just a theory but if anybody ever through a cd or frisbee and at the end it do like a wired turn or real fast drop I believe that’s what may have happened to the helicopter maybe a force of wind caused it to spin out of control

  14. Mike Sebahar

    January 30, 2020 4:04 am

    Well when you can’t be bothered with traffic like the poor peasants do, and you use a helicopter like a car… shit happens.

  15. Carl Hammill

    January 30, 2020 5:48 am

    Pilot climbed to 2,200 feet then nosed dived into ground at 150 mph. Looks very much like malfunction.

  16. Kemoraa Jonea

    January 30, 2020 8:09 am

    Who is gonna just take out there phone and just start recording a “” RANDOM “” helicopter that was later on crashed with Kobe inside ‘ this somewhat seems to SET UP

  17. Sweeping Up Spirits Ghost Hunting Inc.

    January 30, 2020 11:08 am

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  18. The Dude

    January 30, 2020 3:52 pm

    Scott Reiff, the sky lord. Started his career on the Mark and Brian show from Los Angeles in the very early 1990s.

  19. Kiss my Feet

    January 30, 2020 6:04 pm

    So sad those other 7 people are not even given attention, they focus on 2 persons only. The world is not a good place for the unknown.

  20. D Wong

    January 30, 2020 11:01 pm

    So, the obviously most important question is — why did the pilot veer off the planned US 101 route west to go south over Las Virgenes Road to the south (where there is nowhere to land)? The flight destination was the CAMARILLO AIRPORT — the Bryant's would drive from there to the sports academy. The distance from Las Virgenes to Camarillo along the US 101 is 24 miles.

  21. Stephon Forbes

    January 30, 2020 11:41 pm

    Its ridiculous how the pilot came off track and lost communication. Me for one believe it was intentional and he had plan to kill. Next question is why did this particular pilot choose to fly?

  22. Derick Ruhl

    January 31, 2020 9:34 am

    Just thinking simple here… Why would he fly low when he could get above the cloud layer? That still don't make sense to me. Heck even plane pilots do that for vision.

  23. Azeem Siddiqui

    January 31, 2020 2:27 pm

    Me: mom why do all great people die so early?
    My Mom: when you walk into a garden what flower do you pick.
    Me: the most beautiful one

  24. T&D Charters

    January 31, 2020 3:48 pm

    So, on the side of the Copter is shows EXPERIMENTAL, was this certified for air transport, IFR or VFR with Passengers?

  25. Marcos Mota

    February 9, 2020 5:16 pm

    2:00 – I'm in New York City, and I had to rewind three times to understand what he meant. Your news station is not special, the whole world doesn't know your helicopter's nickname. Is it too difficult to say, "our news station's helicopter?" It's just basic writing skills and behalf of the backend and newsroom staff. Try using basic phrases like "commanding view of the terrain," etc. Lastly, even native-born English speakers need clearer speech to understand what is meant.


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