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  1. #31

    Re: Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash

    Scott Feinberg
    LA County Sheriff rightly slams TMZ for breaking the Kobe news before his family could be informed. They are a despicable organization.

    Interesting replies to this post...

    Homer Jack McDingerson ® @rmgman

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    Gotta disagree here, not irresponsible for @tmz or anyone else to accurately and honestly report news, no matter how tragic Inaccurate or flat false reporting is irresponsible
    Adam King @TopSportsMind
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    NO he was clearly indicating some other famous person was involved BESIDES Kobe...
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  2. #32

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    Shimon Prokupecz

    UPDATE: Orange Coast College (OCC) baseball coach John Altobelli, 56, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobelli were aboard the helicopter with Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna when it crashed Sunday morning.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  3. #33

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    This tragic event made me remember "Master and Margarita" by Bulgakov and specifically this quote by the Devil:

    "Yes, man is mortal, but that would be only half the trouble. The worst of it is that he's sometimes unexpectedly mortal—there's the trick!"
    Roger forever

  4. #34

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    Kobe Bryant crash pilot received clearance to fly in poor weather conditions

    Justin George,
    Luz Lazo and
    Ian Duncan
    Jan. 27, 2020 at 1:45 p.m. EST

    The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others Sunday was given clearance to fly in worse than normal weather conditions, without relying on instruments to guide him, according to recordings of his communications with air traffic controllers.

    Shortly before the helicopter crashed, killing everyone on board, the pilot was approved for what’s known as special visual flight rules, according to audio reviewed by The Washington Post.

    In the recording, the pilot requests to fly under the special conditions.

    The Burbank tower controller responds that it will be a few moments and asks the helicopter to hold. Seconds later, the controller tells the pilot that he can plan to transition to the north side of the Van Nuys airport. He tells the pilot, several departures are coming off a runway and to “expect to follow the I-5 north and cross that way.”

    “No problem,” the pilot responds, according to the audio, captured by the website LiveATC.

    Ara Zobayan, the pilot, had held a commercial license since 2007, and was qualified to fly in bad weather conditions known as instrument flight rules, according to FAA records. He was also qualified to teach people to fly in those conditions, indicating that he had significant experience. Friends described him as experienced in social media posts after his death.

    Nevertheless, Jeff Guzzetti, a former crash investigator for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the weather could have been a factor in the crash and pointed to numerous incidents where pilots have been caught off guard.

    Guzzetti said it appears the weather worsened as the pilot tried to follow special visual flight rules and which meant he had to fly lower to keep clear of the clouds and be able to see the ground below.

    Guzzetti said a question for investigators now will be, “Why did this flight occur when the weather was so poor?”

    Flight path data collected by flight-tracking service Flightradar24 shows the helicopter taking a circular route from the Orange County airport toward Thousand Oaks. It cut across the broad coastal plain of central Los Angeles before going north around the basin of the San Fernando Valley and finally attempting to get across the rising terrain leading to Thousand Oaks.

    The preliminary data suggests that the aircraft, which crashed about 40 minutes after takeoff, briefly climbed to a top altitude of above 2,500 feet before it descended at a high rate before the crash.

    After the pilot’s request, the tower responds that he should head northwest and “follow the 5 Freeway. Maintain special VFR, special VFR conditions at or below 2500 [feet].”

    The pilot repeats back the instructions: “Maintain special VFR at or below 2500 [feet], [follow] I-5 northbound.”

    Tower controller: “Number2EchoX roger, and you’re cleared …”

    The pilot responded: “Copy that. We’ll maintain Special VFR, Copter 2Echox.”

    A National Transportation Safety Board team that flew to California Sunday night to investigate the crash began its work early Monday morning. The board’s team will examine the crash from every angle.

    NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said the agency has a team of about 20 people in California and will be working with the FAA, the helicopters’ manufacturer and the company that made its engine.

    “One of the priorities is to collect as much perishable evidence as possible,” he said. The FBI is helping the board’s staff document the scene, which is standard procedure.

    The investigation will examine weather data, radar information, air traffic control communications, maintenance logs and the pilot’s record, Holloway said. The meeting early Monday will be used to assign roles and areas of focus for the investigation ahead.

    The helicopter was a Sikorsky S-76B built in 1991, and experts say the model has a good safety record.

    The first Sikorsky model to be designed for commercial use rather than military missions, the S-76 was first used to transport workers to and from offshore oil rigs and became a popular option for VIPs. The helicopter has been a choice of transportation for heads of state across the world and Fortune 500 companies.

    The S-76B carrying Bryant on Sunday was manufactured in 1991 and was owned and operated by Island Express Holding Corp. The company registered the helicopter in 2015, according to the helicopter database The records show the aircraft was previously owned by the state of Illinois, where it was likely used to transport the governor.

    Experts believe the helicopter’s age of 29 wouldn’t raise safety concerns as long as the aircraft was properly maintained.

    This is a developing story.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  5. #35

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    Remembering the nine victims in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

    Matt Bonesteel
    Jan. 27, 2020 at 1:34 p.m. EST
    Nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant, were killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26, 2020. Here are their stories.

    John Altobelli
    John Altobelli, 56, was one of the most successful junior college baseball coaches in the country, leading Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., to more than 700 victories over 27 seasons. He also managed a collegiate summer league team on Cape Cod, coaching future major league players like Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets.

    “Tough to hear the news of coach Altobelli,'' McNeil tweeted Sunday. “One of my favorite coaches I have ever played for and one of the main reasons I got a chance to play professional baseball. Both the baseball and basketball world lost a great one today.”

    Bryant and Altobelli became close when their daughters began playing basketball together, with Altobelli attending as many Mambas practices as possible. Bryant, in turn, gave Altobelli’s baseball team a pep talk two years ago as the Pirates prepared for the state final four.

    Keri Altobelli
    Keri Altobelli was a constant presence at her husband’s baseball games, telling an Orange Coast College sports blog in 2009 that she attended “every home game” and “most away games.”

    John and Keri Altobelli are survived by a son, J.J., and daughter Lexi, according to Orange Coast College.

    Alyssa Altobelli
    The Altobellis’ 13-year-old daughter, Alyssa, was a basketball teammate of Gianna Bryant. In November, Kobe Bryant singled her out for her defense in an Instagram video.

    Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant

    Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, who went by Gigi, was a budding basketball talent, and she and her father were on their way to a basketball tournament in which he was coaching and she playing when the helicopter they were flying in crashed Sunday. Kobe Bryant credited Gigi for rekindling his love for basketball after his retirement.

    “Before Gigi got into basketball, I hardly watched it, but now that she’s into basketball, we watch every night,” Bryant told former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the Showtime basketball podcast “All the Smoke.”

    Kobe Bryant

    Bryant, 41, was one of the NBA’s biggest stars from the time he entered the league as an 18-year-old in 1996. Over his 20-year career, he was named an NBA all-star 18 times and helped the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships, earning NBA Finals MVP honors twice and league MVP honors once (2007-08). Bryant averaged 24.99 points per game over his career, ranking 12th all time, and his 33,643 career points rank fourth. After retiring in 2016, Bryant focused on his business interests, and in 2018 he became the first professional athlete to win an Academy Award for “Dear Basketball,” an animated short film he wrote and narrated.

    Payton Chester

    Payton Chester, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., played for the Mambas girls’ basketball team alongside Gianna Bryant and Alyssa Altobelli.

    Payton Chester previously attended Harbor View Elementary School in Corona del Mar, Calif. Todd Schmidt, the former principal at Harbor View, recalled the Chester family’s “huge impact” on the school in a Facebook post early Monday, calling them “genuine, kind-hearted, and caring.”

    Catherine George, Payton Chester’s grandmother, spoke with NBC News about her granddaughter’s interest in basketball and about playing for Bryant.

    “He was a great coach,'' she said. “Her mother and father were very helpful … and they practiced a lot, and for 13 she was very good.”

    Andy George, Payton’s uncle, called her the “sweetest soul” and “the kindest, most gentlest person you would ever meet.”

    “She always had a huge smile on her face,” he told the Orange County Register. “Every time we would see her she would spend all her time with my little daughters.

    “She enjoyed every minute of being there for them, and in basketball, she worked so hard at it. She was good, she had a big [future] ahead for her. It’s just so devastating.”

    Sarah Chester

    Chester, 45, was accompanying her daughter to the youth basketball game.

    “She was a great mom and did a lot of driving for the kids who all played sports,” Catherine George told NBC News of her daughter. “They were just great people. They had a fortunate life and got to travel and spend time together a lot. Sarah was the heart of that family. She died doing what she loves.”

    A brother, Andy George, told the Orange County Register that his sister was “the one that everybody counted on.” She is survived by husband Chris and two sons, Hayden and Riley, both 16, according to the Register.

    “I’m going to miss her so much, I already do,” Andy George told the Register. “She’s strong, kind, intelligent, funny, beautiful, and was everything to us.”

    Christina Mauser

    Mauser, 38, was one of Bryant’s assistant coaches for the Mambas girls’ basketball team.

    “She was extraordinary,” Matt Mauser, Christina Mauser’s husband, said in an interview Monday morning on the “Today” show. “She was incredibly witty, funny, funny like nobody you’ve ever met. … She was warm, she was incredibly bright, she was technologically incredibly savvy. She could figure out anything.”

    Mauser, a mother of three children, previously had worked at Harbor Day School and coached the eighth grade girls’ basketball team to its first championship, the Los Angeles Times reported. Bryant leaned on Mauser because of her expertise developing zone defenses.

    “He saw what an amazing mind she had for basketball,” Matt Mauser told the “Today” show on Monday. “They called her the ‘Mother of Defense,’ MOD. It was a family. They all really cared about each other.”

    Ara Zobayan

    The pilot of the helicopter taught other aspiring pilots how to fly “and was very much loved in the aviation community,” Christina Pascucci of KTLA-TV — herself a licensed pilot — tweeted Sunday night.

    A flight student of Zobayan’s, Darren Kemp told the Los Angeles Times that Zobayan was considered Bryant’s “private pilot.”

    “He doesn’t let anyone else fly him around but Ara,” Kemp said.

    Zobayan was an “amazing person and an amazing pilot,” Margaret Bray, a restaurant owner on Santa Catalina Island who had flown many times with him, told the Orange County Register.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  6. #36

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    For those who don't know, Philly is Kobe's hometown. Wells Fargo Center (Sixers), Citizens Bank Park (Phillies), Boathouse Row, and area bridges and skyscrapers are all lit in purple tonight in tribute to Kobe.

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    Those are nice memorials.
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  8. #38

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    David Dennis Jr.
    Nike having to pull Kobe shoes so that resellers don't stockpile and resell should make the entire reseller/sneaker culture take a long hard look at itself.

    With that said. When nike drops a commemorative shoe it better be readily available to everyone who wants them. On every shelf in America. Not a single SNKRS app rejection.

    OscarV @OscarvLT
    Replying to @DavidDTSS
    Hypebeast stock market. Wall st is run on the same principles. It’s speculative and honestly gross. But that’s what happens when artificial demand creates a marketplace. Best way to combat it is not to take part in it but that won’t happen if you want the shit. I’m guilty myself
    RAAM @Kdot4Prez
    Replying to @DavidDTSS
    Sneaker companies ruined the sneaker game, don’t get it twisted. If supply met demand there would be no re-selling
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  9. #39

    Re: Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash

    I found out about the sneaker resale market through my nephew who is an avid collector. I think he slacked off now but the resell market in general, not just for sneakers, is huge. Slate money did a podcast about it which resulted in Felix Salmon doing a podcast series on "swag" and what is and isn't a good investment.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  10. #40

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    About the S-76. It is not USED by the oil industry. It is one of just a few helicopters of choice. It has a very good safety record and it is a twin-turbine machine, which means it has enough power to keep flying if one turbine stops. It is used extensively in the North Sea (talk about rough conditions) and in the Persian Gulf.
    Still, it is a helicopter. And choppers do not have as good a safety record as planes.
    About VFR rules: They change from country to country. But basically, it is: stay below the clouds. Because if you go over you do not have instruments to guide you down and if there are no holes in the cloud cover, well, you get the point.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  11. #41

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    Check the hashtag #girldad on Twitter today.

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