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World Kobe Bryant's helicopter felt like a limousine and had strong safety record, NBA star's former pilot says

05:15  27 january  2020
05:15  27 january  2020 Source:   latimes.com

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a group of people that are talking on a cell phone: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant celebrates with his daughter following the Lakers' 99-86 defeat of the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando on Sunday, June 14, 2009.© Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant celebrates with his daughter following the Lakers' 99-86 defeat of the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando on Sunday, June 14, 2009.

The helicopter that crashed Sunday morning in Calabasas, killing Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others on board, had the feel of a limousine and a strong safety record, said the basketball star’s former pilot.

a group of people sitting at a table: Kobe Bryant's daughter holds his MVP trophy after the Los Angeles Lakers won Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on Sunday, June 14, 2009.© Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS Kobe Bryant's daughter holds his MVP trophy after the Los Angeles Lakers won Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on Sunday, June 14, 2009.

Kurt Deetz, a former pilot for Island Express Helicopters, told the Los Angeles Times he flew Bryant from 2014 to 2016. Nine times out of 10, he said, Bryant flew in “Two Echo X-ray” — the Sikorsky S-76B, tail No. N72EX, that went down Sunday morning. When Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016, he flew out of downtown Los Angeles in the same helicopter, wrapped in a gray-and-black paint scheme with his Mamba emblem on the side, Deetz said.

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a group of people riding skis on a snowy road: People gather on Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, Calif. near the scene of a helicopter that crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning, Jan. 26, 2020 amid foggy conditions in the hills above. All people on board were killed, including Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.© Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/TNS People gather on Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, Calif. near the scene of a helicopter that crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning, Jan. 26, 2020 amid foggy conditions in the hills above. All people on board were killed, including Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Deetz, who said he spent more than 1,000 hours flying the craft that crashed Sunday, called its condition “fantastic.” Island Express follows a “very good maintenance program,” he said.

Bryant favored the S-76B, Deetz said, which he compared to “a Cadillac, a limousine — it’s limo-esque.” The model is favored by celebrities and known as comfortable and safe, he said. Its sister model, the S-76A, “is more like a work truck,” he said.

When he flew Bryant, Deetz said, the star was quiet: “It was always, ‘Hey,’ thumbs up, or sometimes nothing at all. He kept to himself. He would get in, get out, and that was it. There was no hugging, no backslapping — he was very professional.”

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Deetz recalled one flight, on Father’s Day in 2016: He was spending the day with his son when he got a call — could he fly Bryant to downtown Los Angeles? Deetz brought along his son, who sat with him up front. Bryant was with his daughters in the back. He spotted Deetz’s son: “He’s a very private guy,” Deetz recalled, “but he noticed my son there and he said, ‘Hey, little man.’ My son and I remembered that today.”

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Los Angeles Lakers fans join in prayer at a memorial for Kobe Bryant outside the Lakers practice facility on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in El Segundo, Calif.© Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS Los Angeles Lakers fans join in prayer at a memorial for Kobe Bryant outside the Lakers practice facility on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in El Segundo, Calif.

The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street in Calabasas. Authorities received a 911 call at 9:47 a.m., and firefighters arrived to find that the crash had ignited a quarter-acre brush fire in steep terrain, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. Responders included 56 fire personnel — firefighters, a helicopter with paramedics, hand crews — and sheriff’s deputies.

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The helicopter, built in 1991, departed John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 9:06 a.m. Sunday, according to publicly available flight records. The chopper passed over Boyle Heights, near Dodger Stadium, and circled over Glendale during the flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching a “Go Team,” a squad of investigators that responds to major accidents across the country, said Christopher O’Neil, an agency spokesman. The first team was expected to arrive at the scene of the crash Sunday evening, O’Neil said. Leading the investigation is Jennifer Homendy, an NTSB member who oversaw the investigation of a fire aboard the dive boat Conception, which killed 34 people off Santa Cruz Island in September.

a person standing posing for the camera: A Los Angeles Lakers fan touches a memorial for Kobe Bryant outside the Lakers practice facility on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in El Segundo, Calif.© Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS A Los Angeles Lakers fan touches a memorial for Kobe Bryant outside the Lakers practice facility on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in El Segundo, Calif.

When Deetz learned Bryant had died aboard the helicopter he’d flown him on so many times, “my heart sank,” he said. “In this business, when you hear about a crash like this, it’s a very surreal experience.”

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Kobe Bryant not only had five NBA championship wins, two Olympic gold medals and an NBA MVP honor under On Sunday morning, the former Los Angeles Lakers player was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, a source The outlet says that Bryant ’ s wife, Vanessa Bryant , was not onboard.

Kobe Bryant has died. His daughter was also on board and passed away. Kobe said Gianna had aspirations to be in the WNBA, and by all accounts she was well on her way to getting there. The pilot eventually headed north along the 118 freeway before turning to the west, and started following

a group of people sitting on a bench: Fans Alex Fultz, Eddy Rivas and Rene Alfaro, left to right, stand near a memorial for Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.© Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times/TNS Fans Alex Fultz, Eddy Rivas and Rene Alfaro, left to right, stand near a memorial for Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Deetz said weather conditions were poor in Van Nuys, in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, on Sunday morning — “not good at all.”

The crash was more likely caused by bad weather than engine or mechanical issues, he said. “The likelihood of a catastrophic twin engine failure on that aircraft — it just doesn’t happen,” he said.

Judging from a public record of the flight path and the wide debris field, Deetz said that it appears the helicopter was traveling very fast at the time of impact, about 160 mph. After a 40-minute flight, Deetz added, the craft would have had about 800 pounds of fuel on board. “That’s enough to start a pretty big fire,” he said.

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