Emergency workers remove what appear to be human remains from Kobe Bryant crash site
Robie de Guzman • January 28, 2020 • 2795
Weather conditions appear likely to come under the scrutiny of investigators probing the helicopter crash that killed former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others near Los Angeles on Sunday (January 26), when overcast skies and fog grounded other aircraft.
Bryant’s Sikorsky S-76 chopper slammed into a steep hillside outside the town of Calabasas, California, about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, igniting a brush fire and spreading debris over a quarter-acre (1,000 square meters) of grassy terrain.
Hours later, Los Angeles County authorities said all nine people aboard the helicopter died in the crash.
On Monday (January 27), emergency workers began removing what appeared to be human remains from the crash site.
The deaths of Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were confirmed by the National Basketball Association, as expressions of disbelief and grief poured in from fans, fellow athletes and politicians.
Bryant and his entourage were reported by local media to have been on their way to a sports academy in the nearby city of Thousand Oaks, where he was to have coached his daughter’s basketball team in a youth tournament.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board began arriving in the area on Sunday to launch separate crash investigations. (Reuters)
The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in foothills near Los Angeles, killing basketball great Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all seven others on board, likely became disoriented in the fog, federal investigators said on Wednesday (June 17).
The National Transportation Safety Board report said pilot Ara Zobayan told air traffic controllers that his helicopter was climbing, when in fact it was descending shortly before slamming into a hillside outside the community of Calabasas on Jan. 26.
The NTSB said that pilots can become confused over an aircraft’s attitude and acceleration when they cannot see the sky or landscape around them, causing “spacial disorientation.”
“Without outside references or attention to the helicopter’s attitude display, the actual pitch and bank angles have the potential to be misperceived,” the NTSB said.
The findings came in a “public docket” released by the NTSB as it investigates the crash. The agency has not yet released its final report. (Reuters)
MANILA, Philippines – Former PNP Directorate for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway finally returned home after months of being confined at the Asian Hospital since he figured in a helicopter crash in March.
This was confirmed by Deputy Chief for Administration Police Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan who was there when Magaway was discharged on Thursday (May 21).
Cascolan said Magaway is in good shape and his memory remains sharp though he needs to go through physical therapy to improve his mobility.
“Two weeks to one month therapy kayang-kaya na niya yun,” he said.
“Inaalalayan lang siya syempre kasi ikaw ba naman na more than two months [sa ospital] tapos masakit likod mo, may mga bali pa sa buto pero ok siya, ” he added.
General Magaway was among the eight passengers of the ill-fated Bell 429 that crashed at the PNP impounding area in San Pedro, Laguna minutes after taking off.
Other passengers in the flight were PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa and his aide, PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, two pilots and former Directorate for Comptrollership PMGen. Jovic Ramos who is still recovering in a hospital. MNP (with inputs from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa has been released from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig on Friday afternoon, a day after he and seven others got injured in a helicopter crash in San Pedro, Laguna.
PNP acting spokesman Major General Benigno Durana confirmed this to media.
The PNP chief sustained minor injuries after the Bell 429 chopper they were riding in crashed in Laguna on Thursday morning.
Gamboa was with Directorate for Comptrollership Major General Jovic Ramos, Directorate for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway, and PNP Spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac. Two pilots, Gamboa’s aide, and a technician were also on board the helicopter.
Banac and four others also sustained minor abrasions while Magaway and Ramos are still unconscious and are in unstable condition.
Magaway and Ramos are being treated in separate hospitals in Biñan, Laguna.
Durana said Banac has also requested to be discharged from hospital as he wasn’t seriously hurt in the incident.
“Banac intends to be released tomorrow, upon the approval of his doctor,” he said.
In a statement, Banac thanked all those who sent messages of support and prayers for his recovery.
“Yes, I was shaken, but not stirred. And by God’s grace I am well and recovering now and raring to report back to duty as soon as I am cleared by my doctors,” he said.
“Let us join hands and thoughts in fervent prayer for the other PNP officers who suffered more serious injuries. We pray for their healing and strength to overcome this trial,” he added.
Gamboa’s aide de camp, Police captain Keventh Gayramara, was also released Friday afternoon.
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