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Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

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I wonder if the weather played a factor and this was a CFIT event. It would be an even bigger tragedy if that turns out to be the case...there's no excuse for that ever but it happens all the time because people overestimate their ability to fly in poor visibility. Completely avoidable. Pure speculation tho.

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11 minutes ago, Vladdylonglegs said:

I wonder if the weather played a factor and this was a CFIT event. It would be an even bigger tragedy if that turns out to be the case...there's no excuse for that ever but it happens all the time because people overestimate their ability to fly in poor visibility. Completely avoidable. Pure speculation tho.

Apparently the ceiling and visibility for flying helicopters was pretty bad in LA County and flight control had the pilot take the helicopter through an alternate route to Thousand Oaks, as it was going into the canyon it started ascending and took a 180 degree turn due to poor visibility . This was reported on KNBC 4 by one of their flight experts who traced the flight path and flight control data. I watched the live report of him explaining the data about 20 minutes ago.

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31 minutes ago, John Taylor said:

Apparently the ceiling and visibility for flying helicopters was pretty bad in LA County and flight control had the pilot take the helicopter through an alternate route to Thousand Oaks, as it was going into the canyon it started ascending and took a 180 degree turn due to poor visibility . This was reported on KNBC 4 by one of their flight experts who traced the flight path and flight control data. I watched the live report of him explaining the data about 20 minutes ago.

Yeah, viz is real bad today.

Our airships get grounded pretty often for weather like this, fwiw.

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It would be great if in this thread we can simply share our thoughts on Kobe.  We have plenty of time later to place blame or to speculate. I know that it is natural to speculate, but maybe one of the other two threads we have on the subject (hangout forum and basketball forum) can be used for such posts.  This is a really tough day.  

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