Kobe Bryant death: Thick fog grounded police choppers at time of crash

The pilot of the doomed helicopter carrying NBA legend Kobe Bryant was battling thick cloud at the time of the fatal crash, with visibility so poor that police choppers had been grounded.

National Transportation Safety Board official Jennifer Homendy told reporters on Monday that flying conditions were far from ideal when the private aircraft went down in southern California at around 9.45am on Sunday.

She said authorities were still examining evidence from the “devastating accident scene”, with emergency workers having recovered three bodies from the crash site so far.

Bryant pictured with his daughter Gianna in Las Vegas in July last year
Image:Bryant pictured with his daughter Gianna in Las Vegas in July last year
Emergency workers have been seen removing bodies from the crash site
Image:Emergency workers have been seen removing bodies from the crash site
Kobe Bryant death: Who were the other victims killed in helicopter crash?

Kobe Bryant death: Who were the other victims killed in helicopter crash?

Ms Homendy held the press briefing in Los Angeles hours after a police spokesman told the LA Times that the conditions failed to meet “our minimum standards for flying”.

Both the Los Angeles Police Department and county sheriff’s department had grounded their own choppers, and the aircraft carrying Bryant and his teenage daughter Gianna received a safety warning moments before it crashed.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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