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Going Direct: The One Piece Of Evidence That Sticks Out From Kobe Bryant Crash Report

Zoomed in depiction of ADS-B returns of last 1 minute of flight.
Zoomed in depiction of ADS-B returns of last 1 minute of flight for the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others. NTSB

As we’ve written about here, the NTSB’s preliminary report on the Kobe Bryant crash is out. Bryant, a former basketball superstar and global celebrity was killed in the crash along with eight others, including his daughter Gianna.

The NTSB report features an impressive docket with hundreds of pages of written reports, as many photographs and a mountain of other data. But with all the 3-D maps and in-depth discussion of the details of the wreckage, there is one piece of evidence that I scratched my head over upon first hearing it. No one, to my knowledge, has discussed this odd transmission in any depth, or its timing and its probable meaning. And the NTSB preliminary report gives it a bare mention. 

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