Jan 29, 2020 2:42 AM

Four body ID's including Kobe Bryant confirmed, fatal chopper pilot's judgement questioned

Posted Jan 29, 2020 2:42 AM

By: Associated Press

Los Angeles County coroner's officials have identified the bodies of Kobe Bryant and three other people killed when their helicopter smashed into a foggy hillside near Los Angeles. The coroner's office says fingerprints were used to confirm the identities of Bryant and three others. Six other victims - including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter - haven't been officially confirmed but friends, family and acquaintances have ID'd them. The last of the bodies and the wreckage were removed on Tuesday. Federal investigators will pore over the wreckage in an effort to determine why the helicopter plunged about 1,000 feet in about a minute on Sunday. 

Questions remain as to why pilot took risk flying in heavy fog

The pilot in the foggy-weather helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant was well-acquainted with the skies over Los Angeles and accustomed to flying celebrities. Customers and colleagues praised his calm and skills. But aviation experts are wondering why he persisted in flying in fog so heavy it grounded police choppers. Some pilots questioned whether the pressure to get a celebrity where he was going clouded his judgment and sent him into a dangerous situation. Federal authorities are investigating the cause of the crash that killed nine people.