National Geographic will air a special episode of Air Crash Investigation, looking at the tragic helicopter accident in Los Angeles that claimed the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others next week,
On January 26, 2020, the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter chartered by basketball legend Kobe Bryant crashed in Los Angeles, killing all nine people on board.
Amid the global outpouring of grief, Air Crash investigators scoured the data and wreckage for clues that help explain how a top pilot – flying a state of the art aircraft with a major celebrity on board – could crash into a mountain on a route he knew so well.
Air Crash Investigation is a dramatised reconstruction of real-life air disasters, along with interviews from aviation experts and eyewitnesses.
Top investigators analyse what caused the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter to crash into a mountainside in Calabasas, on its journey to a junior basketball tournament in Camarillo.
The episode features interviews, eyewitness testimony and re-enactments to illustrate the key points of the Sikorsky S-76B flight from downtown Los Angeles to its intended journey in Camarillo, California, and the required flight rules and in-flight phenomena that caused the tragic event.
The episode will also incorporate aviation industry experts, computer-generated imagery and voice-actor readings of cockpit voice recorder transcripts to reconstruct the sequence of events for the audience.
Air Crash Investigation: Loss of a Legend will air on Monday February 14 at 8.30pm AEDT on National Geographic.