Los Angeles country coroner’s officer on 15, May Friday released autopsies for the unforgettable event that occurred on 26 January 2020, in California, which caused the untimely death of the famous American National basketball association player Kobe Bean Bryant with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people on board with them in the helicopter.
In the autopsies report for the pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, it said that he had tested negative for
drugs and alcohol. National Transportation and safety board’s investigators are still reviewing the January’s tragic crash. They’ve largely focused on the weather conditions near Calabasas, California.
The report’s 180 pages are devoted to detailed descriptions of victims’ injuries. The autopsy report for Kobe, 41, is alone of 17 pages which describes the fatal injuries to nearly his entire body. A medical examiner wrote, “These injuries are rapid if not instantly fatal.”
The safety board found from an initial report that, there was no evidence of engine failure. The cause of death for all of the nine victims was listed as blunt trauma. Kobe’s daughter Gianna’s autopsy report who wore No.2 on her jerseys said a sleeveless shirt has been found at the scene that read “Bryant 2” on the back and “Mamba 2” on the front.
This flight was heading to a basketball tournament at Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy, in Thousand Oaks, when suddenly the helicopter slammed into a hill north of Los Angeles about 39 minutes after it took off from an airport in Santa Ana. The victims included two of Gianna’s teammates, some of their relatives, and a coach.
The helicopter carrying Kobe was traveling around at 185 miles per hour and struggling to get above low-hanging clouds before it crashed, the initial N.T.S.B. report said -Zobayan, the pilot, had requested special permission to fly through low-visibility zones around airports in Burbank and Van Nuys.
The pilot was experienced and had logged more than 1,200 hours in the S-76B helicopter. He was certified to fly with the use of his instruments in conditions like low visibility. The certification that the Federal Aviation Administration issued to the helicopter’s owner, Island Express Helicopters, only allowed its pilots to fly visually, meaning that in the daytime, they had to be able to see the ground and at least a half-mile in front of them.