Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Kobe Bryant’s helicopter dropped at 2,000 feet per minute in ‘high-energy’ crash

Either the fog was so dense, the pilot had no idea where he was, or maybe it was a suicide attempt.   We may never no the reason other than chalking it up to pilot error if the copter was sound. 

NY Post reports the helicopter Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were flying in on Sunday dropped more than 2,000 feet per minute before smashing into a California mountain, killing all nine people on board, officials said Tuesday.

The Sikorsky S-76B chopper lost contact with air-traffic control when it was traveling about 2,300 feet above the ground over the mountains in Calabasas, an NTSB official said at a press conference.

It then started a “steep descent,” dropping at more than 2,000 feet per minute, authorities said.

“We know this was a high-energy-impact crash. The helicopter was in a descending left bank,” the NTSB official said.

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  1. 2,000 feet per minute does not take into account forward momentum.
    That would equate to change over 20 MPH. I looked up the chopper
    performance specs and it cruises at 174 MPH, which is also the
    maximum speed, which rare for any kind of aircraft. From what
    I have heard on the radio is that the copter was obliterated on
    impact. My guess is that it was pilot disoreintation, the same
    thing that happened to JFK Jr.

  2. It's called the "Death Spiral". Happens when one gets disoriented in clouds without proper instrument training or competency.