Shame. Once great player, but worse is his cute little girl perishing.
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.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?
2 turbo shaft engines.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.
Being a Knick fan it was hard to like the guy because he always had record nights at the Garden :grin: But even than I appreciated and respected his play. His all business personality made him a bit hard for the public to connect with him (if you're not from LA), unlike Shaq who I think everyone loves - well, except for Kobe- but still, he was an admirable dude.Growing up in L.A. we usually don’t make a big deal about meeting celebrities and I admit I’ve never been a huge basketball fan but it was one of the few times in my life I was left starstruck. Feel awful for him and his daughter’s family and friends. RIP
That totally sucked. He was an avid motorcycle guy too. I think he took some dirt path from Canada to central america on his BMW GS or something like that.Man, that is pretty sad. Yeah... I bet the pilot didn't want to fly but was pressured into it. And I bet that it comes out in later investigation in much the same way engineers said the Space Shuttle Challenger should not take off but they did anyway.
And I'm still in mourning for losing my all time favorite drummer, Neil Peart.
UPDATEThe sheriff said they grounded their choppers yesterday becuase of the fog. He just should not have been flying.
LIke RC says you probably can't say no to Kobe.
OCL I have read allot of posts that mentioned VFR. Thanks to you I now know what it means. I hope hope he wouldn't be flying with anyone but the best but I think allot of pilots feel he was not relying on the instruments. I've read the term Scud or Skud allot. I think that means flying so low so you can see, which would imply to me the piilot wasn't relying on instrumentation. So was he really flying with a novice pilot?
Shaq is definitely more affable than Kobe was and certainly still well regarded around here. The one person this city loves most is Magic. He walks on water around here. Even if you're not a basketball fan he's a pillar of the community and part of the Dodgers and Los Angeles Football Club ownership.His all business personality made him a bit hard for the public to connect with him (if you're not from LA), unlike Shaq who I think everyone loves.