SIX METRES FROM SAFETY: INVESTIGATORS REVEAL HEARTBREAKING DETAILS OF KOBE BRYANT CHOPPER CRASH

• NTSB investigator Jennifer Homendy said at Tuesday’s news conference that the helicopter was at 2,300 feet when it lost communication with air traffic controllers. The helicopter was descending at more than 2,000 feet per minute at the time of impact.

• “So we know that this was a high-energy impact crash, and the helicopter was in a descending left bank,” Homendy said.

• Homendy said her agency had recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration 16 years ago require that all choppers carrying six or more passengers be equipped with a terrain awareness and warning system, adding that the FAA has “failed to act” on the proposal.

• Because the FAA didn’t follow the recommendation, the chopper that crashed Sunday was not legally required to have the system.

• Shortly after her news conference, an FAA spokesman disputed that assessment, noting that the FAA requires the terrain alarm system for helicopter air ambulance operations.

• Meanwhile, shocking footage has emerged revealing the tragic extent of the rubble that lies in the wake of the crash.


KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER GIANNA WERE TRAGICALLY LOST ALONG WITH SEVEN OTHERS

NTSB investigator Jennifer Homendy said at Tuesday’s news conference that the helicopter was at 2,300 feet when it lost communication with air traffic controllers. The helicopter was descending at more than 2,000 feet per minute at the time of impact.


“So we know that this was a high-energy impact crash, and the helicopter was in a descending left bank,” Homendy said.


Homendy said her agency had recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration 16 years ago require that all choppers carrying six or more passengers be equipped with a terrain awareness and warning system, adding that the FAA has “failed to act” on the proposal.


Because the FAA didn’t follow the recommendation, the chopper that crashed Sunday was not legally required to have the system.


FLIGHT RECORDS ALSO SHOW THAT THE HELICOPTER WAS CIRCLING AT A HEIGHT OF 600 FEET AROUND THIS TIME, WHICH THE VIDEO REFLECTS, AND THE CLOUD COVER AND FOG MATCHES UP WITH THE FORECAST FOR SUNDAY MORNING IN THAT AREA.

Shortly after her news conference, an FAA spokesman disputed that assessment, noting that the FAA requires the terrain alarm system for helicopter air ambulance operations.


Meanwhile, shocking footage has emerged revealing the tragic extent of the rubble that lies in the wake of the crash.


THE SIKORSKY S-76B HELICOPTER THAT CARRIED KOBE AND EIGHT OTHERS

Government investigators released the official pictures of authorities scouring the crash site, which shows parts of the helicopter strewn across a field Calabasas, California.


One investigator can be seen moving around parts of the charred and mangled fuselage, as the camera shoes the helicopter’s nose and a wheel that snapped off in the crash on Monday (AEDT).


The NTSB footage comes as all nine victims were recovered from the crash site, which had been described by the local sherriff as a “nightmare”.


THE HELICOPTER PLUNGED SHARPLY AFTER THE PILOT LOST RADIO CONTACT
AN INVESTGATOR SIFTS THROUGH THE WRECKAGE
NINE PEOPLE WERE KILLED, INCLUDING KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER