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Kobe Bryant's fatal crash was preceded by pilot error
Kobe Bryant's fatal crash was preceded by pilot error
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About a year after the helicopter crash that killed, among others, Kobe Bryant, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced that the pilot made a crucial mistake before the crash.

It said the pilot lost his bearings in the clouds of the hilly area near Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. He was prohibited by law from continuing the visual flight into the clouds, but he did so anyway, the NTBS chairman said.

Shortly before the crash, he said, the pilot told air traffic controllers he was climbing with his helicopter and had almost broken through the clouds. In fact, however, the Sikorsky S-76B skidded and sank, he said.

Technical problems with the helicopter had previously been ruled out.

Technology • Internet & Web
Google releases "Year in Search 2020"
Screenshot of "Year in Search 2020"
Screenshot of "Year in Search 2020" Credit: Google

Google has released its "Year in Search 2020" Wednesday, featuring this year's top searches in various categories.

The top five search queries were Coronavirus, Election results, Kobe Bryant, Zoom and IPL. The list also highlights this year's losses, with people searching for Kobe Bryant, George Floyd, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Connery, Eddie van Halen and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.