The helicopter’s pilot that crashed, taking lives of Kobe Bryant. In addition, his young daughter and seven others -probably became unsettled among the fog. This came as a statement from the US safety investigators.
The helicopter crashed on 26th of January, in 2020, to a hillside near Calabasas, California.
Pilot Ara Zobayan was among the seven others who died.
According to the investigators, Ara might have felt self provoked pressure to make the flight for Bryant.
The US National Transportation Safety Board is inspecting the events around the crash. It met on Tuesday to vote for the possible cause. The NTSB is a federal agency with no obligation powers.
The crash’s main reason was the pilot’s decision to keep flying in inclement that resulted in the pilot’s spatial turmoil and loss of control, says the official findings of NTBS.
Zobayan told the air traffic controllers that the helicopter was rising out of heavy clouds during the flight while it was heavily dropping.
This manoeuvre is steady with the pilot undergoing geographical turmoil in limited visibility conditions. This was a statement by NTBS chairman Robert Sumwalt.
He added that we are talking about spatial disorientation. Where actually the pilot may not know which direction is up or down, whether he or she is tilting left or right.
Errors in safety management
NTBS further added that the helicopter charter company’s preceding review and error of safety management processes might also have contributed to the crash. Moreover, the company Island Express holds the responsibility of the same.
Though, the board did not find that Sikorsky S-76B has undergone any mechanical problems. Moreover, the helicopter did not require to have a black box. A black box is a recorder that captures voices and flight data in the cockpit, and hence it was not carrying one.
Zobayan broke federal rules and went against his own flight training by flying into thick clouds. The safety officials gave this statement.