Watch Live: According to NTSB, the pilot was disoriented when Kobe Bryant crashed in clouds
The helicopter pilot who crashed into a hill in southern California last year and killedand seven other passengers violated his training and violated flight rules by flying in thick clouds, US security officials said Tuesday during a hearing aimed at identifying possible causes of the crash. Pilot Ara Zobayan likely became so disoriented that he could not tell from top to bottom, the National Transportation Safety Board investigators concluded.
The agency criticized Zobayan’s decision to fly into the clouds, saying he was in breach of federal standards that required him to see where he wanted to go before the helicopter crashed during a flight of roughly 40 minutes. Zobayan was among the nine people killed, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.