Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing

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Victoria Loredan, News Editor

On January 26, at 2:24 P.M., Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash while on their way to a basketball game for Gianna. The helicopter was on its way to Thousand Oaks but crashed on a hillside in Calabasas.

The pilot of the helicopter, Ara Zobayan, last told air control that he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer. A couple of hours after that, the plane crashed. The crash impact broke the helicopter into pieces leaving a debris field stretching from about 500 to 600 feet. The crash created a crater 1085 feet above sea level.

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The weather was incredibly bad to be flying in because it was very foggy. Even LAPD grounded their helicopters because the visibility levels were extremely low.

The pilot of the helicopter received SVFR clearance (special visual flight rules clearance). This clearance would allow pilots to fly in weather conditions worse than those for regular visual flight rules. Pilots who are typically granted access are supposed to keep closer contact with air control.

There were nine deaths in total. Kobe Bryant and his daughter died. The daughter’s teammate Alyssa Altobelli, and her mother and father both died in the crash. The father was Orange Coast College baseball coach, John Altobelli, and Keri was the mother.

Christian Mauser, who died, was the assistant girls’ basketball coach for a private school in Corona del Mar Cali. In addition, Payton and Sarah Chester were killed. The pilot, Zobayan also died in the crash.