According to the aeronautical authorities, the pilot’s disorientation due to bad weather conditions caused the accident.
The causes of the accident in which Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people who were traveling in the helicopter last year in California, were revealed.
According to the report of the president of the National Transportation Safety Board in the United States, Robert Sumwalt, the cause of the fatal accident that occurred in a mountainous area near Calabasas, was the disorientation of the pilot due to bad weather conditions.
The Sikorsky S-76B aircraft lacks a black box, like other devices, so there was no evidence of what happened during the flight, and there are only a few text messages that the pilot Ara Zobayan made the day before and hours before making the flight, in them he mentions that there is fog, and the next day he commented that the weather was better.
It was concluded that Zobayan became disoriented and began to descend in altitude, so he tried to warn him from the control tower, but never received a response.
According to Sumwalt, what happened is something recurrent even in very experienced pilots like Zobayan, since a ‘spatial disorientation occurs in conditions of limited visibility’.
The basketball star very frequently used a helicopter to get around, and thus avoid the intense traffic of Los Angeles. That day he was taking his daughter to a sporting event, and they were accompanied by other teenagers who were with their parents.