Los Angeles Lakers superstar, Kobe Bryant died yesterday in a helicopter crash, and more details surrounding the incident have continued to emerge.
Kobe Bryant who won five championships with the team and was often compared to Michael Jordan, died on Sunday in a helicopter crash. He died at the age of 41.
Bryant was a passenger on board a helicopter that crashed in the Los Angeles County suburb of Calabasas.
The helicopter that crashed in California Sunday, killing Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, had a strong safety record and was like “a limousine,” the NBA legend’s former pilot said.
Kurt Deetz — who flew Bryant, 41, between 2014 and 2016 — told The Los Angeles Times it’s more likely the crash was caused by bad weather than engine or mechanical issues.
“The likelihood of a catastrophic twin engine failure on that aircraft — it just doesn’t happen,” said Deetz, who logged more than 1,000 hours with the Sikorsky S-76B.
Deetz, a former pilot for Island Express Helicopters, said the chopper was in “fantastic” condition and compared it to “a Cadillac, a limousine — it’s limo-esque.”
Built in 1991, the aircraft was owned by Island Express Helicopters, and the company follows a “very good maintenance program,” Deetz said.