Kobe Bryant dead in helicopter crash

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    Crashed in the hills of Calabasas. I love at the foothills and I cannot are the hills today, I sure hope this wasn’t a CFIT.

    We see him at KSNA all the time after he lands.
     
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    You cannot even see the hills today
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    Looks like rather low ceilings in the pictures...
    Sad news.
     
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    800’ right now. And a lot of hills higher than that right there.
     
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    Did he fly the Sikorski himself, or have pilots flying for him?

    Before the impact? Possible, but doesn't seem probable.
     
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    I don't believe that he is a pilot; he's not in the FAA database.
     
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    Well, given that the ceilings are given AGL, it would depend on where it was measured. In the vicinity of the crash, 800' would have left any nearby hilltops in the clear. But the picture above makes the area look mighty hazy.
    I'm assuming that if they did hit a hill they didn't continue flying; there are higher peaks several miles away.
     
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    He had a pilot.
     
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    It is very hazy right now. Less than 1sm visibility where I am.
     
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    Witnesses now describe hearing a "sputtering" sound just before the crash.
     
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    A friend said he heard Kobe's kids were in there. Haven't found news on that. Man I hope it isn't true.
     
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    Insane. RIP to the Mamba
     
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    I've seen helicopter pilots fly VFR in worse. I wouldn't (I don't even fly in 3 mile fixed-wing VFR weather.)
     
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    Given the turbine power, perhaps they heard the blades at a high AoA?
     
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    Unbelievable. Used to be based in SNA and saw him with the helicopter many times over the years.
     
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    FYI: All the S76s I've been around were IFR config with some SPIFR. It's a very capable aircraft.
     
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    I looked quickly. Didn't see another one. My bad.
     
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    The chopper he was in had twin turbine motors. What are the odds of a dual engine failure?


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    According to Flightaware this morning’s flight originated at SNA (N72EX).

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    I have a stupid question, was he still an active player? clearly I don’t follow basketball. either way this is pretty horrible
     
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    no, retired after the 2016 season
     
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    Retired after 20 years with the Lakers. They retired both numbers he used.

    There are LOTS of other things that can go wrong in a helicopter that will bring it down. Despite two engines, they drive one gearbox, for example.
     
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    To be fair, the title was "Mamba Down." Even if you're not a fan of the NBA you've heard the name "Kobe Bryant" but probably didn't know that he was "Mamba."
     
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    Anybody been able to find the comms for his flight?
     
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    Ugh, this is horrible!

    A recently published photo near the accident time.

    I’m really wondering if this is another CFIT accident...

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    Reports now saying Kobe's daughter, Gianna Maria was also on board. :(
     
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    Scary Mary has been rolled out now
     
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    Wow. Terrible. I saw on Flightaware that he was at Camarillo yesterday the same time I was, so I reviewed my camera footage and sure enough I taxied right past his helicopter. This was around noon yesterday.
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    That’s sad. That helo is a pretty capable bird though to have “engines sputtering” though.
     
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    Yeah, it’s interesting how they followed the 101 Freeway and then the last few radar returns show it turning toward that mountain range.
     
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    Same here. I was going to fly today and around my departure time the TAF at KCRQ was 261820Z 2618/2718 VRB04KT 6SM BR OVC015. I stayed home. pattern alt is 015. sad that this happened. We shall see when they get some investigating done and see what transpires.