A witness believes he’s captured the helicopter of basketball legend Kobe Bryant (41), as it was circling over Glendale, California minutes before the fatal crash.
Kobe, his daughter Gianna (13), two of her basketball teammates as well as their parents, were on their way to Gianna’s basketball practice in Los Angeles on Sunday 26 January, when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, near Los Angeles. It’s alleged the helicopter went down as a result of thick fog.
A Twitter user with the handle @theironlydreams uploaded a video of a helicopter circling above his house shortly after the crash.
“I try and video /photograph all the weird stuff happening above my house in Glendale, CA,” he tweeted.
“Unfortunately this morning I didn’t realize I was filming the helicopter Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others were in 31 minutes before they crashed,” the tweet continues.
According to Daily Mail, the man’s home has been verified as being under the flight path of the Sikorsky S-76B chopper.
Video verification company Storyful, also verified the location of filming by lining up the flight path with metadata. They believe they’ve confirmed that it is Kobe’s helicopter in the footage.
Robert Ditchey, aeronautical engineer and former airline executive, claims the deadly helicopter crash could’ve been avoided.
“This was totally avoidable and on the part of some people, I can go as far as to say irresponsible,” he told USA Today.
The pilot, Ara Zoboyan (50), had more than 10 years of experience and had flown Bryant and other celebrities several times before, Sun UK reports.
He was also qualified to fly in fog.