Text messages reconstruct copter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, eight others

The instant messages followed Kobe Bryant’s helicopter on a tranquil Sunday morning five months back.

“Wheels up,” the agent who organized the flight informed as the Sikorsky S-76B left John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana at 9:06 a.m.

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna attend a game between the Lakers and Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 29, 2019 at Staples Center. <span class="copyright">(Michael Owen Baker / Associated Press)</span>

Veteran pilot Ara Zobayan would move Bryant, his 13-year-old little girl Gianna and six others on their approach to b-ball games at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. Zobayan was Bryant’s preferred pilot. The resigned Lakers star called him “Mr. Pilot Man.”

“Just began coming down gently here,” one of Bryant’s drivers informed from Camarillo Airport, the helicopter’s goal, at 9:33 a.m.

A similar gathering had flown without episode to a similar goal daily prior — and Zobayan flew Bryant on the course in any event multiple times a year ago.

An instant message string among the agent, sanction organization and drivers went with each flight. The littlest subtleties made a difference, such as reminding the drivers that Bryant’s knapsack was reserved in the rear of the blue and white helicopter.

“Land?” another merchant worker messaged at 9:48 a.m., three minutes after the flight had been planned to show up.

“Not yet,” the driver reacted a moment later.

Thirteen minutes of quiet on the string covered developing caution.

“Ara, you OK,” the dealer informed at 10:02 a.m.

The pilot didn’t react.

The instant messages are among in excess of 1,700 pages of meeting transcripts, messages, studies and pictures discharged by the National Transportation Safety Board a month ago that report the flight that hammered into a mist shrouded slope in Calabasas on Jan. 26, slaughtering every one of the nine individuals ready. A past report by the NTSB didn’t discover any motor or mechanical disappointment.

The new bunch of records doesn’t reach any determinations about the mishap. Be that as it may, they give a moment by-minute record of Bryant’s last departure from Zobayan’s sweetheart, mechanics who chipped away at the S-76B, air traffic controllers, pilots, workers of the contract organization and agent, an individual right hand for the family and observers to the accident.

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