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Kobe Bryant Crash Probe to Highlight Gaps in Helicopter Safety

  • NTSB meets Tuesday to decide on cause of crash that killed 9
  • Copter safety advocates say such accidents are preventable
An NTSB investigator works at the scene of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 27, 2020
An NTSB investigator works at the scene of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 27, 2020Source: NTSB

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death as his chartered helicopter crashed in a Southern California fog bank last year highlighted some familiar -- and preventable -- safety concerns.

They include questionable decisions about whether to take the flight and to proceed in deteriorating weather; possible pressure to fly with a celebrity passenger; and a pilot who hadn’t practiced flying in the clouds for months.