The pilot of a helicopter that crashed outside LA in January, killing NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all seven others onboard, may become disoriented in the fog, Reuters reported referring to federal investigators.
According to it, Ara Zobayan shortly before the crash told the dispatchers that the helicopter was gaining altitude, however, it was descending.
As the board noted, pilots can become confused about an aircraft’s attitude and acceleration when they cannot see the sky or landscape around them, creating “spatial disorientation.”
The Island Express helicopter company, whose aircraft crashed, refused to take any responsibility. The company's lawyers noted that the crash was caused by unforeseen circumstances that they could not prevent.