Federal officials announced Tuesday, February 9, after their investigations, their findings into the cause of the crash that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others.
The pilot, Ara Zobayan, who also died in the Jan. 26, 2020 crash in Calabasas, Calif., Was operating the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter under rules that prevented it from flying in clouds. However, according to investigators’ clarification, he did not follow the flight laws and continued in the shadows just before the plane crashed into a misty hill, investigators said.
The lives of Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others.
“As he encountered hazy weather conditions, Zobayan informed air traffic controllers that he was climbing 4000 feet to pass over the cloud layer when in reality the helicopter was” descending rapidly, “said Tuesday federal investigators during a hearing of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), according to the American media. The NTSB later determined that Zobayan likely experienced “spatial disorientation,” a deceptive feeling that confuses pilots with not knowing “which direction is up or down.”
Local media reveal that the accident is now the focus of several lawsuits. The sources also said that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, is also continuing her case, alleged Zobayan and Island Express’s negligence in the crash.
The complaint alleged that Zobayan, the pilot, “failed to monitor and assess the weather conditions before take-off properly,” “failed to terminate the flight despite being aware of the cloudy conditions,” and “mishandled the flight. ‘helicopter in instrument flight conditions.’