Kobe Bryant Helicopter: Air Traffic Recording and Radar Footage

Z.W. Wolf

Senior Member.
Whether is is authentic, I have no idea.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0pQfgi9ZqU

Source: https://youtu.be/LpXt56MNVjg
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Mick West

Staff member
It's genuine. The link you posted was ripped off from VASAviation - a channel that regularly produced very detailed annotated radar and ATC videos of aviation incidents.

I've flowing in that airspace myself, and everything about it seems accurate.

I've replaced the video in your post with the VASAviation version.

Z.W. Wolf

Senior Member.


My naive speculation is that the pilot flew on into deteriorating visibility; at the last moment he realized he was boxed in by terrain and was trying to get out.

Probably just a matter of time until speculation about murder/suicide starts up.

Z.W. Wolf

Senior Member.
One guess about the accident summed up here


He didn't know he was turning.

This YT video includes a discussion about the autopilot.

Source: https://youtu.be/cttx236mUIE?t=292

So if he goes fast he can use autopilot, but going fast is dangerous. If he slows down he loses autopilot and without sight of the ground he will become disoriented.

Is the sudden loss of altitude and increase in speed an attempt to gain airspeed and regain autopilot capability?

Another guess:

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