The accident, which occurred in January last year, cost the lives of nine people.
According to the investigation conducted by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), one of the causes of the publicized plane crash on January 26, 2020, in which they lost life nine people, including basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, was helicopter pilot’s decision to continue the route under visual flight rules.
According to a recent report published by the agency this Tuesday, Ara Zobayan, pilot of the aircraft operated by Island Express Helicopters Inc., he would have been disoriented by the fog and he lost control of the apparatus.
About two minutes before the accident, while at an altitude of about 140 meters above ground level, the pilot informed an air traffic control facility that he was initiating an ascent to bring the Sikorsky S-76 “overhead. from the cloud layers “. After reaching an altitude of approximately 730 meters above sea level (about 490 meters above ground level), the craft began to descend rapidly and spin towards the ground, and the air traffic controller asked the pilot to communicate “his intentions “. For his part, Zobayan I thought it was going up 1,200 meters above sea level (about 975 meters above ground level).
Meanwhile, a witness saw the helicopter emerge from the bottom of the clouds about a second or two before it hit the ground in Calabasas, California.
“They contributed to the accident self-induced pressure and pilot plan continuation bias, which negatively affected their decision-making, “the document reads. In addition, experts determined that” inadequate review and oversight of the safety management process by Island Express Helicopters Inc. were also contributing factors to the accident.
“Unfortunately, we continue to see that these same problems influence poor decision making by pilotsotherwise experienced in air crashes, “said NTSB Chief Robert Sumwalt.” If this pilot had not succumbed to the pressure he placed on himself to continue flying in bad weather, it is likely that this accident would not have happened, “he concluded.