Kobe Bryant Helicopter Pilot 'Misjudged Terrain' and 'Didn't Slow Down' | 22 Words

The internet's heart was broken when it was revealed that the legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant, had died in a helicopter crash yesterday morning. He was just forty-one-years-old. 9 other people are now confirmed dead, including Kobe's thirteen-year-old-daughter, Gianna.

It is an utterly shocking tragedy, and everyone is wondering the same thing... What on earth happened?

Many different theories as to why the aircraft crashed have been speculated, but now, some more details have surfaced that could explain everything...

 

The world was left devastated by the news that Kobe Bryant had tragically died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning.

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The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirms.

Bryant was a true basketball star.

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His father, Joe Bryant, was also a professional NBA player, and Kobe began playing basketball professionally straight out of high school.

He was a true legend in the sport.

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By his second season, Kobe had been named an All-Star.

When he was just thirty-four years old, Kobe became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points.

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And on February 1st of 2010, it was announced Kobe was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.

He was a massive success off the court, too.

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In 2018, Kobe won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball.

Kobe retired after the 2015-16 season.

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But he stayed busy, focusing on many other career pursuits - alongside raising his family.

Kobe shared 4 daughters with his wife and high school sweetheart, Vanessa.

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Their eldest was Natalia, who's seventeen, followed by Gianna, aged thirteen, then Bianka, aged 3, and Capri aged just 7 months.

He loved being a dad.

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As this photo of the Bryants in full family Halloween costume proves.

Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...

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But tragically, on Sunday morning, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reports.

During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.

And there were 9 bodies found at the scene.

This is utterly devastating news...

Kobe leaves behind his wife and their daughters - Natalia and Bianka, and their newborn, Capri.

Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.

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TMZ Sports reports that Gianna, aged 13, also tragically died in the crash. It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.

Gianna was Kobe's second-eldest daughter.

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She was born on May 1st of 2006, and was set to follow in Kobe's footsteps.

She often accompanied Kobe to basketball games.

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In fact, from childhood, Gianna would participate in the team warm-ups.

Kobe supported his daughter's passion for the sport.

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He would regularly take her along to women's basketball games - and Gianna played for the Mamba Academy ballers, where her father was the coach.

Gianna was reportedly a true talent.

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And many thought she was set for an illustrious basketball career.

Kobe and Gianna were also very close.

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The 2 were often pictured giggling and smiling together, and it was clear that she was the apple of her father's eye.

Heartbreaking footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the tragedy which took their lives.

The clip, uploaded to Twitter, shows smoke emerging from the crash site as emergency services respond to the devastating incident.

And, alongside Kobe and Gianna, 7 others have been confirmed to have died.

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All 9 of the passengers on board were confirmed to have died in the tragic crash.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

As of yet, not much is known about the circumstances surrounding this devastating accident.

And many people are asking the same thing...

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What was it that caused their helicopter to malfunction so severely?

A digital map of the helicopter's journey shows the turbulent nature of the flight...

And it can be seen that the helicopter circled over Glendale several times before crashing near Calabasas.

Engine failure has been dubbed as "highly unlikely"...

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And dense fog and bad weather conditions is set to become the key line of investigation.

And now, we can hear the moments of chaos that happened prior to the crash...

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The chilling audio that occurred between the pilot and air traffic control moments before the doomed crash has been released.

Nothing seemed too out of the ordinary...

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The controllers can be heard mentioning poor visibility around the Burbank and Van Nuys areas, but the pilot talks to controllers normally before communication suddenly goes dead near the crash site at Calabasas.

The pilot was warned that he was flying "too low level for flight"...

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And, seconds later, he drops off the radar entirely.

You can hear the chilling audio for yourself here...

Now, some more details have surfaced that could shed more light on the tragic accident.

The NTSB revealed the private helicopter was not equipped with a black box, nor was it required to be, TMZ reports.

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There was, however, an iPad on board used for flight itinerary, weather conditions, and other flight elements that investigators are set to look into as part of their ongoing investigation.

It has now been suggested that the pilot misjudged the terrain.

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According to TMZ, all of the experienced pilots they spoke with say that based on the flight tracker and the crash scene, they believe the pilot felt he had "cleared all of the mountains and was proceeding to head back when he hit another mountain." TMZ's sources state that the pilot clearly did not know there were mountains ahead because he descended from two-thousand feet to 1,700 feet, presumably in a bid to go under the fog - suggesting that he misjudged the terrain.

It's a truly heartbreaking tragedy.

R.I.P, Kobe, and to all those who tragically lost their lives.