Kobe Bryant’s Death in a Helicopter Accident Is Only the Latest Aviation Death to Stun the Sports Community

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kobe Bryant Tribute is seen on January 26, 2020

2020 Grammy Awards
had been slightly extra somber than anticipated. With information
spreading rapidly that basketball star, Kobe
, died in a helicopter accident simply 35 miles from the Staples Center,
greats from throughout the music world have chosen to pay tribute to the fallen
basketball hero and his younger daughter, Gianna, who additionally reportedly perished in
the crash. Kobe, who repeatedly flew in helicopters throughout his time with the
Los Angeles Lakers
, just isn’t the primary star to die in a horrific aviation

Little is understood concerning the crash that took the lives of 9 folks

Details of the crash that took the lifetime of Bryant, his daughter, Gianna,
and 7 different individuals are nonetheless growing. According to ESPN,
Bryant was flying to a basketball sport scheduled at Mamba Sports Academy early on
Jan. 26, when the chopper encountered issues. Adverse climate situations are
believed to have performed a task within the crash.

Kobe Bryant Tribute is seen on January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant Tribute| SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images

According to The
Weather Channel
the helicopter took off from John Wayne Airport at
9:06 am California time. Visibility was reportedly low on account of fog, and it’s believed
the pilot of the copter circled an space across the zoo for about 15 minutes
earlier than heading in the direction of the 101 freeway. CNN
has reported that the helicopter tried to climb to about 2000 toes when it
discovered itself in a mountainous space. The plane crashed within the hills shortly

Officials haven’t launched the names of these killed within the crash,
though it’s believed {that a} school baseball coach, alongside along with his spouse and
daughter, had been among the many victims. It has been reported that the kid was additionally
enrolled at Mamba Sports Academy, Gianna was a pupil on the academy. The
names of the victims won’t be launched till the subsequent of kin has been

Several different notable sports activities stars have died in aviation accidents

Bryant is the most recent sports activities nice to die in an aviation accident,
however the sports activities world has had quite a lot of air tragedies. In 2017, Roy Halladay
was piloting an amphibious plane when he crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
Halladay, who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, was
the lone occupant within the plane on the time of the crash.

An investigation adopted, noting that Halladay by no means despatched a
mayday name to air visitors management. It was later revealed that Halladay was profoundly
impaired on the time of the crash. According to USA
Halladay had morphine and amphetamine in his system on the time
of the crash. Evidence of Ambien utilization within the hours earlier than the crash was additionally
discovered throughout a toxicology screening.

Cory Lidle #30 of the New York Yankees is seen on the field against the Detroit Tigers during Game Four of the 2006 American League Division Series on October 7, 2006Cory Lidle #30 of the New York Yankees is seen on the field against the Detroit Tigers during Game Four of the 2006 American League Division Series on October 7, 2006
Cory Lidle #30 of the New York Yankees | Elsa/Getty Images

In 2006, Yankees’ pitcher, Cory Lidle, was killed when the aircraft
he was piloting crashed right into a Manhattan condominium constructing. According to CNN,
the aircraft crashed simply 12 minutes after taking off from Teterboro. The climate
was believed to be an element within the crash, the NTSB decided {that a} climate
entrance could have pushed the small plane into the constructing because it was trying
to navigate a flip. Lidle and the flight teacher he was working with had been
each killed. 26 folks within the space of the crash had been injured.

Public figures have additionally died in helicopter crashes not too long ago

Lidle and Halladay each died in aviation accidents, however the MLB
isn’t the one sport that has skilled aviation tragedies. NASCAR
driver, Davey Allison, was killed in 1993 in a helicopter crash. The crash occurred
at Talladega Superspeedway. Allison was piloting the plane, in accordance with the

Stevie Ray Vaughan performing at the Warfield Theater in San FranciscoStevie Ray Vaughan performing at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco
Stevie Ray Vaughan| Clayton Call/Redferns

Troy Gentry, died in September 2017 when his helicopter crashed in
Medford, New Jersey. Gentry, who was a part of the nation music duo, Montgomery Gentry,
was a passenger within the plane that was on a sightseeing tour. Singer and
songwriter Stevie
Ray Vaughan
died in a helicopter crash, as effectively. Vaughan, together with a number of
members of Eric Clapton’s entourage took off from Alpine Valley Music Theater in
East Troy, Wisconsin. Headed for Midway International Airport, the helicopter crashed
right into a hill. Foggy situations are believed to have factored into the crash.  

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