Los Angeles County coroner's office has released the autopsy reports Kobe Bryant. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others who killed in a California helicopter crash in January. Bryant headed to his daughter's basketball tournament. At his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. On the morning of January 26, the accident occurred 39 minutes after the takeoff. The victims killed rapidly if not instantly when the helicopter slammed into a hillside. According to autopsies released Friday. Their causes of death listed as blunt trauma.
A National Transportation Safety Board report in February had revealed. The helicopter was traveling at 184mph and suddenly hit the hillside. And the pilot "Ara Zobayan" did not have alcohol or drugs in his system. Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri also killed in this crash. And their daughter Alyssa, Christina Mauser. Who helped Bryant coach his daughter's basketball team and Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton. Alyssa and Payton were Gianna´s teammates.
The reports by the Los Angeles County coroner's office provide a clinical. But unvarnished look at just how brutal the crash was, describing broken bones. Dismembered body parts and a stench of fuel on what remained of clothing that burned. The full report is 180 pages long, with 17 pages covering Kobe. It describes injuries to almost his entire body. The report for Gianna noted that a basketball shirt that carried her number 2 on the back found at the scene.
Among the drugs, the pilot tested for were benzodiazepines, cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, marijuana, opioids, phencyclidine. And amphetamines, according to the autopsy report. The report on Bryant revealed the only drug in his system was methylphenidate. Which is sold under the brand name Ritalin and used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy...
When the helicopter flew into the fog the accident happened. Zobayan climbed sharply to try to get above the clouds, turned left, and plunged into a hillside. The NTSB released a preliminary report in February. This suggested that the pilot came very close to navigating the unfavorable weather conditions. And steering the helicopter out the other side to safety. It stated the plane was only 100 feet away from exiting the heavy cloud and emerging into better visibility.
However, instead of holding off for a short time and continuing to increase altitude. Zobayan appears to have attempted a maneuver moving the plane up and forward. To quickly clear the clouds.