Kobe Bryant Crash Pilot Was Disoriented, Says National Transportation Safety Board Report
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released reports today that the helicopter pilot with Kobe Bryant and eight others were disoriented by thick fog.
Pilot Ara Zobayan actually descended, but reported that he was climbing at the time of the crash, the NTSB reports said. Zobayan, who was killed in the crash, said he climbed 4,000 feet to get above the clouds, but instead fell on a hill, reports released Wednesday.
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A final report on the cause of the crash will be released later. However, in today's reports, it was found that Zobayan "misperceived" the pitch of his vehicle, a common pilot mistake.
Earlier this month, Bryant's widow Vanessa filed an illegal death lawsuit against the helicopter company and his successor in the pilot's interest. Her 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also killed in the crash.
The amount of the damage was not disclosed in the lawsuit, but it was found that Bryant's total loss of earnings was "hundreds of millions".
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