- The Kobe Bryant, 41, legendary basketball player was killed Sunday morning when the helicopter crashed amid foggy conditions and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas.
- He was travelling with his daughter Gianna, 13. She was also on board, NBA authorities confirmed.
- Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said nine people were on the copter, a pilot and eight passengers.
- The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street in Calabasas.
- The L.A. County offices said That : “Sunday night that the recovery effort is expected to take several days because of the condition of the crash site and its remote location. Officials have shut down roads leading to the site because of a throng of visitors trying to get there.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said :- “The helicopter crash, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, caused a brush fire, Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby said. The crash killed all nine people aboard.”
He would not confirm who had died until all the next of kin have been notified, he said. “There was a big fireball,” he said. “No one could survive that.”
The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76B built in 1991, departed John Wayne Airport at 9:06 a.m. Sunday, according to publicly available flight records. The chopper passed over Boyle Heights, near Dodger Stadium, and circled over Glendale during the flight.
Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, Bryant played his entire 20-season career in the National Basketball Association with the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships.
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