The news on the tragic death of the basketball legend stunned the sports world with tributes pouring in all over the globe. Bryant’s 13-year-old girl was with him inside the disastrous Sikorsky s-76B helicopter. She and her father died alongside seven different passengers.
Details of a helicopter crash that killed basketball superstar Kobe Bryant have risen with one report saying the pilot was told by an air traffic controller that he was “excessively low” minutes before the accident. The statement was not a warning of a forthcoming danger, yet that the helicopter couldn’t be tracked by radar, which means Burbank Airport control tower couldn’t guide the pilot through the thick fog the helicopter was flying in.
Rsidents of Calabasas where the helicopter descended told the media they heard a helicopter that was flying excessively low. “I was perched on my sofa when I heard it go over our rooftop. I contemplated internally, ‘Wow they’re flying truly low today.’ It must’ve been around 100 feet over our rooftop by the way the house was shaking. I couldn’t imagine why a helicopter was flying so low”, Matt Graham, a resident of Calabasas revealed to People magazine.
The Los Angeles Police Department said all flights were grounded as the climate didn’t meet “their standard for flying” because of foggy conditions. Kurt Deetz, ex-pilot, who has flown Kobe Bryant in the same helicopter, said climate conditions are bound to fault for the tragic incident than a mechanical failure. Deetz said the Sikorsky s-76B was in incredible condition and was subject to “a generally excellent maintainace programme”. “The probability of a disastrous twin engine failure on that airplane – it simply doesn’t occur”, he said.
Investigators said the helicopter has a black box, which will probably reveal insight into what happened Sunday morning. Flight data indicated that the pilot evidently got in a difficult situation when the airplane was over the LA Zoo, where it hovered for 15 minutes. The pilot reached Burbank Airport when he turned to a mountainous area. A few minutes after the fact the helicopter hit the hillside at 1,700 feet. Each of the nine travelers, including Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old little girl Gianna died in the accident.
The basketball legend was said to be heading to the Mamba Sports Academy, which Bryant founded, for a tournament involving his daughter and her teammates.
Fans of Bryant shared a heartbreaking video showing the athlete coaching his daughter a day before the tragedy. Gianna, whom Kobe called Gianna Mambacita (little Mamba) a reference to his on-court nickname Black Mamba, wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a professional player.
In a 2018 interview with late night show host Jimmy Kimmel, Bryant revealed how fans approached him after games and encouraged him to have a son so that the basketball superstar would have someone to carry on the tradition. To that his daughter replied: “Oy, I got this”, Bryant said.
“Heroes come and go, but legends are forever” The legend died together with his daughter who dreams to be like him and play on the WNBA 😔 Rest in Peace KOBE and GIANNA/GIGI.
GONE TOO SOON. #BlackMamba 🖤 pic.twitter.com/FeMQ51EmaJ
— Rahian (@Rahian62969727) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and his three other children Natalia, Bianca and Capri, who was born last summer.