Copter pi­lot in Bryant crash had FAA vi­o­la­tion in 2015

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

LOS AN­GE­LES — The pi­lot of a he­li­copter that crashed into a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia hill­side, killing Kobe Bryant and eight oth­ers, was rep­ri­manded five years ago for fly­ing with­out per­mis­sion into airspace with re­duced vis­i­bil­ity, ac­cord­ing to a Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion en­force­ment record.

Ara Zobayan was coun­seled by an FAA in­ves­ti­ga­tor af­ter he vi­o­lated FAA rules by cross­ing into busy airspace near Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port on May 11, 2015, ac­cord­ing to the record, which was first re­ported Fri­day by the Los An­ge­les Times.

Zobayan, 50, died Jan. 26 when his he­li­copter plunged at high speed into a hill­side in Cal­abasas, north­west of Los An­ge­les. Zobayan had been try­ing to climb above a cloud layer when the air­craft banked left and plunged 1,200 feet at high speed.

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