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How Kobe Bryant’s pilot got special permissions to fly

Moments before the crash, the Kobe Bryant pilot, Ara Zobayan received SVFR clearance (special visual flight rules clearance) according to audio recordings between the pilot and air traffic control. The SVFR clearance allows a pilot to fly in weather conditions worse than those allowed for regular visual flight rules. Pilots sometimes request SVFR clearance mid-flight […]