Los Angeles prepares for a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant

As the city prepares to mourn a legend, FAA reveals pilot in Bryant crash violated safety rules in 2015.
2:21 | 02/22/20

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Transcript for Los Angeles prepares for a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant
Meanwhile. As Los Angeles prepares for a public memorial for kobe Bryant, we are learning more about the pilot behind the controls when it went down. It turns out that pilot had been disciplined in the past and ABC's Kenneth Moton is right here on the story. Kenneth, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning. The pilot operating kobe Bryant's doomed helicopter was experienced with thousands of flight hours according to his employer but this morning his actions that day of the crash under scrutiny as investigators work to figure out exactly why that chopper went down. This morning, as the city of los Angeles prepares to say good-bye to a legend, we're learning more about the helicopter pilot involved in the crash that killed kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. FAA records show that the pilot faced an earlier enforcement violation when he flew into L.A.X. Airspace while weather was deteriorating and ordered to be counseled on proper planning and reviewing weather and the FAA say at the time the pilot was cooperative, they say. The cause of the crash that killed Bryant is still under investigation and a preliminary report says there are no signs the helicopter's engines failed. Appearing to operate at the time of impact. Bryant's tragic death has shaken the NBA and city of L.A. With millions around the world paying tribute. At Monday's memorial service the Lakers star is expected to draw 20,000 mourners to downtown los Angeles. According to authorities there will be no procession before the event. And security will be tight. We wish to see that this Monday as this next chapter, if you will, of our continued process of grieving and coming to terms with this, with such an unexpected tragic event, that it be done in a manner that's respectful of the wishes of the family and of all those that have been so deeply moved by this series of events. Reporter: After that 2015 incident our L.A. Station KABC reports an FAA investigator wrote during an phone interview that the pilot admitted his error, took responsibility and was killing to take the necessary step toward compliance. That investigator, guys, even says there were no signs that incident was a, quote, trend with the pilot. Thank you very much. Really appreciate your reporting and do want to point out a lot following it. We'll have live coverage of the memorial on ABC newslive, our new streaming service on Monday.

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