Kobe Bryant and family and companions died in a helicopter flown by a pilot who flew into a cloud, then flew into a mountain, instead of turning around and remaining clear of clouds.
Was the pilot instrument rated by the FAA? Was the helo equipped for instrument flying and certified by the FAA? Was the flight operation company certified by the FAA to conduct instrument flight ops in instrument weather?
If not, why was the pilot permitted by the FAA to operate commercial flights? Was there actually any FAA oversight of this company or any VIP or celebrity air transport company?
Are Kobe Bryant and family companions dead because someone did not do their job?
Has that hazard been corrected? Or are there other VIP and celebrity air transport flight services operating in the US outside of FAA instrument regulations?