texdravid wrote:The only things I will add is these three points:
Sheer bad luck. This weekend is clear and 75-80 degrees. Not a cloud in the sky kind of day in SoCal. Also, what if the practice was at 3 or 4 pm? The fog would have burned off some if Kobe left later.
I wonder if anyone knows if the civilian helicopter accident rate in May or June when there is persistent fog and marine layer in SoCal (May/June gloom) is higher than other parts of the year like July-November when there is very little fog.
Would the result be the same if Kobe had lived in another part of the country that has significantly more bad weather and mountains like Seattle or Denver. Would the pilots and helicopter companies that offer local flights offer more IFR flying and expertise and know when to quit and land?
About bad luck... because SoCal is usually sunny, the existence of clouds was bad luck? A professional pilot is paid to deal with clouds and make appropriate decisions. He was complacent having a pattern of conduct that only works on Sunny days, expecting every day will be sunny in the future. Not good enough IMHO, non pilot here.