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Video of Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Before Crash Emerges

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On January 26, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter went down in the hills above Calabasas, California, killing all 9 people on board. Among them were retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, a rising basketball star herself, Gianna.
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The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are both investigating the fatal crash, which occurred in heavy fog conditions, with an aircraft that had never been involved in an incident or accident, and an experienced pilot with an impeccable track record. Initial reports that a mechanical failure had caused the crash have been denied by the NTSB, USA Today reports.

As of the time of writing, NTSB is looking into the possibility that the crash was caused by a pilot’s error, namely that Ara Zobayan was flying too low and too fast even though there was near-zero visibility. He could have gotten lost in the fog and failed to slow down or ask for help, thinking he could still take the helicopter to its destination using only visual reference.

A video shown by an eyewitness just moments before the helicopter went down confirm at least one of these aspects: it was flying too low. The person who shot it says he started filming when he noticed the helicopter circling the area for several minutes in a row, flying too close to the ground.

According to radar tracking, halfway through the journey, Zobayan asked for permission to fly lower because he had encountered very heavy fog. Afterward, the aircraft fell below the levels needed for radar tracking, the publication notes. It then rose again to 2,300 feet and began a descending turn, crashing into the side of the hill at a great rate of speed and catching fire right away.

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It has also been revealed that the Sikorsky S-76B lacked a terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), which would have helped the pilot better navigate the fog. In 2014, the NTSB recommended it be included on all large passenger-carrying aircraft, but the recommendation was never followed through.

In a 2018 interview, Kobe Bryant explained that he chose commuting by helicopter from his home in Newport Beach, CA to downtown LA, because spending too much time stuck in traffic made him lose precious moments with his children.

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James questions media disparity in coverage of Irving tweet, Jerry Jones photo

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has questions about the disparity of media scrutiny he believes is being applied to a 1957 photo of Jerry Jones and the recent controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving.

The photo of Jones, captured by an Associated Press photographer, shows him standing among a group of white students at North Little Rock High School in Arkansas on Sept. 9, 1957. The group was blocking six Black students who were attempting to desegregate the school and news reports said that moments after the image was taken, the students were shoved down a flight of stairs.

The photo accompanied a Washington Post story last month that was about Jones’ legacy as owner of the Dallas Cowboys, including how the team has never had a Black head coach.

James has spoken often about the Cowboys — he was a fan of the team for years before saying in October on Instagram Live that he has switched allegiances — but said Wednesday that he found it interesting that he wasn’t asked about the Jones photo.

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“When I watched Kyrie talk, and he says, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we’re talking about my people and the things they’ve been through,’ and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people, have been through in America,” James said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ game on Wednesday night. “And I feel like as a Black man, as a Black athlete, someone with power and with a platform, when we do something wrong or something that people don’t agree with, it’s on every single tabloid, every single news coverage. It’s on the bottom ticker. It’s asked about every single day.

“But it seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, the photo, and I know it was years and years ago, and we all make mistakes, I get it. It seems like it’s just been buried under, like, ‘Oh, it happened. OK. We just move on.’ And I was just kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys.”

Irving was suspended for an eventual eight games by the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season after the guard — a former teammate of James’ with the Cleveland Cavaliers — tweeted a link to a film containing antisemitic material.

James was asked by reporters about that last month, and he made clear that he thought Irving made a significant mistake.

“There’s no place in this world for it,” James said in November. “Nobody can benefit from that and I believe what Kyrie did caused some harm to a lot of people. … We as humans, none of us are perfect. But I hope he understands how what he did and the actions that he took were just harmful to a lot of people.”

Jones told reporters last week that he was at that school entrance as “a curious kid.” He was 14 at the time.

“That was, gosh, 65 years ago, and (I was a) curious kid,” Jones said. “I didn’t know at the time the monumental event really that was going on. And I’m sure glad that we’re a long way from that.”

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Canada coach John Herdman disputes Croatian counterpart’s account of skipped post-match handshake

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Canada head coach John Herdman during a World Cup match against Croatia, at the Khalifa International Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 27.The Associated Press

Canada coach John Herdman is disputing his Croatian counterpart’s account of why there was no handshake after their World Cup game.

Herdman had antagonized the Croatian camp with a heated postgame message to his players after Canada’s opening 1-0 loss to Belgium at the soccer showcase. Asked in a pitch-side interview what he had said in a postgame huddle to his players, Herdman replied: “I told them they belong here and we’re going to go and eff – Croatia. That’s as simple as it gets.”

That prompted a stern lecture from Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic on the need for respect. And after Croatia beat the Canadians 4-1 Sunday, Dalic was asked if he had a chance to shake hands with Herdman following the final whistle.

“I did not see the other head coach after the match,” he said through an interpreter. “When I lose I always congratulate the winner. He was not there and that’s his way of doing things. He’s obviously mad. He is a good coach. He is a high-quality professional. But it will take some time for him to learn some things.”

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Herdman, whose postgame news conference preceded Dalic’s on Sunday, disputed that account Wednesday when asked about it.

“Look, we shook hands before the game. So that happened,” he said. “At the end of the game, the usual process – no different than [with Belgium coach] Roberto Martinez. You shake hands with the coach, then you go shake hands with the referee.

“When I turned round, [Dalic] was already off down the touchline, which is his right to do. He’s celebrating. He’s just beaten Canada. It was a big celebration for him. He was off and I couldn’t get to shake his hand. I went into the field, shook the ref’s hand, shook players’ hands. And didn’t get to see him.

“That moment’s gone. We’re into process now – team huddle, see your fans, flash interviews, calm yourself down so you don’t say anything and move on.”

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