Kobe Bryant Had A Long History Of Flying In Helicopters
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Kobe Bryant Had A Long History Of Flying In Helicopters

January 28, 2020

Kobe Bryant was killed on January 26th, 2020
in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, as well as other
passengers who were traveling with them. Bryant had a long and presumably safe history
of flying in helicopters. GQ wrote about his preferred method of travel
in 2010, saying: “This is how the 31-year-old co-captain of
the Lakers, the eleven-time All-Star, the four-time world champion, the most prolific
and accomplished scorer currently drawing breath and an NBA paycheck, commutes. He takes a private helicopter from Orange
County, where he lives with his wife and two children, to every home game.” While GQ notes that the helicopter was, quote,
“a nice dash of glitz, a touch of showbiz,” Bryant explained that the chopper was important
due to the many injuries he’d sustained in the past — injuries which would have made
it difficult to sit in LA traffic for hours at a time during his almost-daily 49-mile
commute. By opting for the copter, the L.A. Lakers
superstar could arrive, quote, “feeling fresh” and ready to play. Kobe Bryant’s helicopter was an undeniably
convenient way to get to work, but the star didn’t take to the air only to get to NBA
games. He also used his helicopter for heartwarming
reasons that sometimes involved his family, friends, or fellow NBA pros. In 2009, Bryant told ESPN, quote “Sometimes,
there’s just things you cannot miss.” When asked for an example of something in
his life that he absolutely has to be present for, he answered: “Like my daughter’s soccer game. Because what if I miss her first goal?” Bryant was also willing to offer up his helicopter
to those around him in order to help them out when they needed a quick lift. When Lakers point guard Steve Blake got injured
during practice in 2012, Bryant let him fly to the doctor in his helicopter so he wouldn’t
have to sit in traffic, according to Sports Illustrated. While there’s no question that Bryant was
willing to use his helicopter whenever he had a good reason, he also used it to play
a prank that legitimately terrified his former boss, L.A. Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka. Soon after Bryant’s retirement, he took Pelinka
out for a helicopter ride. When Bryant gave him the signal, the pilot
suddenly began performing military aerial maneuvers designed to terrify Pelinka. Pelinka told the Los Angeles Times: “I almost had a heart attack. Kobe’s just sitting there calm and collected.” Kobe Bryant’s helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76,
was marketed to “corporate executives for personal transportation,” according to Slate. Its design was reportedly inspired by the
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopters. Though the cause of Bryant’s deadly crash
remains under investigation at this time, multiple reports suggest that a mechanical
problem is not suspected. One of Bryant’s former pilots, Kurt Deetz,
talked to the Los Angeles Times about that particular chopper, saying: “The likelihood of a catastrophic twin engine
failure on that aircraft – it just doesn’t happen.” According to Business Insider, the Sikorsky
S-76 series of helicopters has a “strong safety record.” A site called FlightRadar24 indicated that
Bryant’s bird had been flown multiple times in recent days. There’s been speculation that weather, particularly
severe fog, may have been a factor in the January 26th crash. Both the Los Angeles Police Department and
the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department had grounded their helicopters that morning due to weather
conditions and low visibility, according to the L.A. Times. As the investigation continues, fans everywhere
are searching for ways and words to honor the athlete. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti referred to Bryant
as one of the city’s “greatest heroes,” while players have been stopping ongoing games out
of respect for the NBA legend. “On the first possession of each team, they’re
gonna take a 24 second violation, in honor of number 24, Kobe Bryant.” One Twitter user shared a touching moment
at a flower shop in the city: “Bought flowers to bring to staples center. When the florist saw that I wanted purple
and yellow she asked, ‘for Kobe?’ I nodded. When she finished I asked what I owed her. She shook her head, handed me the flowers
and said ‘it’s LA’. I almost cried. LAs love for Kobe is powerful.”

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  1. Imagine the fear & terror when it hit them all that they were going to die. Ugh! I can't even imagine feeling that level of helplessness with children next to me. I'm so sorry to those who perished & for their families who will still be grieving long after the media moves on to other stories. RIP!

  2. The crazy part is…the first commercial he did after he retired…was him in a helicopter…just crazy man…RIP…I literally watched this high school kid turn into โ€œThe Black Mambaโ€ along With AI Ray Allen dirk Steve Nash…sad day in sports…he was such at peace at his life at that point…he wasnโ€™t the cerebral arrogant player we thought he was…he just wanted to master his craft

  3. RIP Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli, Payton Chester, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, Ara Zobayan, and Kobe Bryant.

  4. He will be in our hearts my friend said she doesn't care how rude๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š

  5. Vanessa and the rest of her children are not the only ones who will miss Kobe and the daughter, Gianna. We all will too ( rest in peace, Black Mamba ) ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’”

  6. I used to get so mad when him and the Lakers would beat my suns. But as i grew older i realized how talented and amazing he is. He grew on me and i respected him so much! Rip Kobe Baby girl gianna and the rest of those on board ๐Ÿ™

  7. So, was this his private helicopter or he paid for rides like a taxi? It sounds like a taxis type of service, and why others were also on board.

  8. When I said that this was just a horrible accident I was hit with ten different conspiracy theories…Ive been telling everyone that he he was cautioned that it was a bad idea to fly that day due to the fog…this is the only video on YouTube that I've seen so far to mention that …anyways my point is accidents happen…legends pass away..no one is promised tommorow…live life to the fullest and take a minute to make some things right in life…may Kobe, his daughter and everyone else involved rest in piece…and i hope that his family can get through this…they will need support more now than ever…stop saying he was sacrificed…not everything is a conspiracy.

  9. Please stop trying to make money off this tragedy. The world and his family are still grieving. Unsubscribing if this continues

  10. the propeller 'alone ways a ton what more the engine and heli itself so when it crashes it's gonna hit so hard and way too heavy it's gonna try to go underground nonstop no time for pain ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บ

  11. When UC full grown men
    Crying for a man's death
    ..you know kobe has been one of the greatest,
    inspirational,athlete man
    That's been touched by so many hearts. RIP..

  12. What I don't understand is why the pilot was reportedly flying under VFR instead of IFR in what was described as "extreme weather". The tower clearly said he was flying too low.

  13. This video genuinely brought me to tears. And I'm not even a big basketball fan. Just seeing the heartbreak on these fans and players faces…it's heartbreaking

  14. It was pilot error, Iโ€™ve taken ground school and got my license. He never shouldโ€™ve been below 2500 feet. He was circling Burbank for 15 minutes, when didnโ€™t they ask for permission to land ? The pilot also shows on his own behalf to fly in the fog. With the assistance of special equipment. I feel itโ€™s a little disrespectful to keep the names of others that have passed. They have family members and friends miss them and love them as well. Theyโ€™re waiting on the mountain side for their bodies to be recovered just like everyone else.

  15. 2017: lil peep 2018 xxxtentacion, stan lee 2019 avicii, mac miller, juice wrld 2020 kobe bryant. so many legends died in the last 3 years

  16. So a man that's flown in a helicopter probably over 1,000 times dies the day after LeBron passes his scoring record.

  17. Kobe could've just skipped the helicopter and could've chartered something else. That was a horrific error. If it would've bn stolen, how will Kobe and his entourage get around? I would've stole his copter that morning and Kobe would've bn very tardy for a game! ๐Ÿ˜ก

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