U.S. safety board cites pilot actions as likely cause of Kobe Bryant fatal crash

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday cited the actions of the pilot as the probable cause of the January 2020 helicopter crash that killed retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others, saying the pilot became disoriented and did not follow rules for flying in cloudy weather. The NTSB cited Pilot Ara Zobayan’s decision to continue the flight into weather conditions that resulted in the pilot’s “spatial disorientation and loss of control.” The board also cited Zobayan’s “likely self-induced pressure” to complete the …

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