A year ago Kobe Bryant, his daughter GiGi Bryant and a host of other people tragically passed away in a helicopter crash in Southern California.
It was determined today, by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that the Island Express pilot Ara Zobayan pushed the limits of bad weather flying rules and ultimately abandoned his training as he likely became disoriented in the clouds and crashed into a Southern California hillside last year, according to investigators.
“The pilot took pride in these positions with both the client and Island Express. They had a good relationship with the client and likely did not want to disappoint them by not completing the flight. This self-induced pressure can adversely affect pilot decision-making and judgment,” the NTSB official said.
Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and six other passengers were flying from Orange County to a youth basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy in Ventura County on Jan. 26, 2020, when the helicopter encountered thick fog in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles.
May they all continue to rest in peace.