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New details surrounding Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash are coming soon, report says

The National Transportation Safety Board is close to releasing its early findings over Kobe Bryant’s death

Investigators work the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif.
Investigators work the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board is inching closer to releasing its early findings into the helicopter crash that killed Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others at the end of January, The Los Angeles Times reports.

  • The Los Angeles Times said: “In the 11 days since the Calabasas crash, some details have been revealed. But many questions remain unanswered.”

What we already know

The Los Angeles Times said a few factors have been detailed about the crash.

  • Weather issues: It was reportedly foggy on the day of the crash. “Some experts said the helicopter shouldn’t have been in the air because of the foggy conditions,” according to PopCulture.com.
  • A sudden descent: The helicopter hit a hillside just 20 to 30 feet before a cliff.

What we don’t know

  • The Los Angeles Times said the cause of the crash is still unknown. It’s unclear why the pilot lost touch with air traffic control.
  • The Los Angeles Times said: “Though the last moments of the flight are captured on flight trackers, the reason the pilot made the fateful series of moves is unclear.”

When to expect a report

As USA Today reported on Sunday, the NTSB’s report could drop anytime this week since the federal agency often releases reports in 10 days.

  • The National Transportation Safety Board told USA Today: “The typical time frame is about 10 business days for the preliminary to be posted to the NTSB website.”