Kobe Bryant's Helicopter Was Given ‘Special’ Permission to Fly Through Los Angeles Fog
Air traffic controllers were reportedly concerned about dense fog in the area
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January 28, 2020 - by Paul Blest for vice.com
The cause of the Southern California helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on Sunday remains a mystery, but air traffic controllers were reportedly concerned about dense fog in the area, which the pilot was given a special clearance through.
The private helicopter took off from the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana around 9:06 a.m. PT, according to flight records, and crashed roughly 40 minutes later near Calabasas,
California. Air traffic controllers had noted poor visibility in the area, and the Los Angeles County sheriff's department and the Los Angeles Police Department had grounded their helicopters due to poor weather, according to the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times.
Despite the poor conditions, pilot Ara Zobayan was given a "special visual flight rule" (special VFR) clearance by the...
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