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Could Kobe Bryant’s cellphone reveal details about helicopter crash?

The National Transportation Safety Board is going to use personal electronics for clues into the tragic helicopter crash

The National Transportation Safety Board unveiled preliminary findings into Kobe Bryant’s crash. This image taken from video on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, and provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, shows part of the wreckage of a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif.
The National Transportation Safety Board unveiled preliminary findings into Kobe Bryant’s crash. This image taken from video on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, and provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, shows part of the wreckage of a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif.
James Anderson, National Transportation Safety Board via Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board will start looking into the personal electronics and cellphones of travelers aboard the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant to understand more details about the flight, according to The Los Angeles Times.

What’s going on?

  • Details surrounding the crash of a helicopter that ended the lives of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and seven others remain unclear since there was no black box recorder, according to The Los Angeles Times. Now, electronics could be in play.
  • The Los Angeles Times said: “Investigators hope the passengers’ cellphones and the pilot’s iPad can help them better understand the chaotic last moments of the flight before the chopper slammed into a Calabasas hillside in foggy conditions.”
  • The Los Angeles Times said: “Experts have said the helicopter was flying low enough that the activities of the electronics were likely captured by cellphone towers.”
  • NTSB member Jennifer Homendy said after the crash that investigators recovered an iPad and a cellphone, according to Deadline.

What did the NTSB report say?

  • Per USA Today, the NTSB previously said the preliminary report into the helicopter crash found that the engine did not fail during the crash.
  • It will take an entire year for the NTSB to finish its investigation, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
  • According to USA Today: “The helicopter was being flown by sight, not instruments, following Southern California’s freeways as it worked it way northwest. But as it got closer to its destination, the helicopter ventured from the flatlands into more rugged terrain and encountered a thick layer of fog.”

What’s next?

  • Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant were laid to rest after their bodies were returned to their families.
  • The Staples Center will host a public memorial event for the Bryants and the seven other victims, including: Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 45, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, John Altobelli, 56, Christina Mauser, 38 and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.