In his final transmission, the pilot of a helicopter that crashed, killing nine people including NBA legend Kobe Bryant, told air traffic control he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
When air traffic control asked the pilot what he planned to do, there was no reply, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy told reporters.
The last radar contact was around 9:45 a.m. (11:45 p.m. CT) Sunday, she said.
Radar data indicated the helicopter climbed 2,300 feet and began a left descending turn, she said.
The NTSB detailed the helicopter’s final moments before it crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California, under foggy conditions.
Now we have a recreation of the flight.
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