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Final Report Due On Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash In Calabasas

(NTSB graphic image by Bill English)
A National Transportation Safety Board image showing the final flight path of the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant before it crashed january 26, 2020.

A federal board is set to meet, and make a final determination on what led to a fatal helicopter crash which killed basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people.   The helicopter was headed from Orange County to Camarillo Airport when it crashed into a mountain in Calabasas last year.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators have prepared a report on the accident.  Tuesday morning, the board is set to meet to review the findings, and determine the probable cause of the crash.

Investigators have said they couldn't find any mechanical issues with the helicopter.  There were dense low clouds in the area at the time of the January 26th, 2020 crash.  The helicopter's trip from Orange, to Ventura County was delayed by clouds with the helicopter circling in the San Fernando Valley until it got permission to proceed under visual flight rules.

The helicopter's passengers were headed to a basketball tournament at Bryant's sports academy in Newbury Park.

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