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post #1 of 42 Old 01-26-2020, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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RIP Kobe and Gianna

Shame. Once great player, but worse is his cute little girl perishing.
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post #2 of 42 Old 01-26-2020, 06:39 PM
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I feel like if I watch it hard enough it will go away....
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That was terrible, I watched the footage and the helicopter went off like a bomb when it hit the ground they did not have a chance the flames were so intense. 9 people in one helicopter is quite the load, I have rode in them and plain don’t like them, to much vibration from the rotors for me.

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That thing went down pretty hard. Debris was everywhere. It was really foggy according to a friend of mine who lives near the crash site. I wonder what the could have hit.
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There are pictures of him with his own helicopter. It was large. The specs say it can be set up to hold 12 or 13 people.

I wonder how it works, with regards to pilots? Do you have them on retainer and they sit around and wait for you to go somewhere?
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I don’t know if they hit anything or lost an engine, witnesses said you could here the chopper struggling, I think it had 2- jet engines.

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There are pictures of him with his own helicopter. It was large. The specs say it can be set up to hold 12 or 13 people.

I wonder how it works, with regards to pilots? Do you have them on retainer and they sit around and wait for you to go somewhere?
He made that trip allot over recent years so I imagine he had used the pilot before. I doubt it was a full time pilot but one or the regulars that works out of small local airports. I don't think this was pilot error (other than not being able to see) or mechanical failure. They were seen having a fire while they were in flight. 100 bucks says it was another Stevie Ray Vaughn situation where they hit something during poor visibility.
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I don’t know if they hit anything or lost an engine, witnesses said you could here the chopper struggling, I think it had 2- jet engines.
2 turbo shaft engines.
Just read somehting that said the pilot shot up in altitude quickly. Must have seen a mountain when it was too late.
Its a pretty big chopper.


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I was sad to hear that. My deepest condolences to his family.

This year marks the 30 year anniversary a helicopter crash took the life of another legend. I feel fortunate in that I not only saw both of these legends perform but I saw both of them at their peak.
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I'm sire they will have a million excuses as to why, but this looks like the pilot ran into the mountain. The weather was bad, but how the hell do you tell Kobe "no"....we cant fly your helicopter right now. It's not safe.

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