The Los Angeles Lakers icon and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, an investigation is underway into the accident that killed all nine people on board, including Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13.
CBS Sports will provide the latest confirmed information, as well as the reaction on social media, here.
This is what has been confirmed so far:
A Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed just before 10 am PT near Calabasas, California.
Bryant and his daughter were going to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a youth basketball event.
The helicopter carrying Bryant and eight others was given special clearance to fly despite the fog, according to a New York Times report. Due to adverse weather conditions, the helicopter was flying very low, according to CNN, which said: “At one point, an air traffic controller informed the pilot: ‘You are still too low to follow the flight’ ‘. which means the helicopter was not flying high enough to register on the radar.
Nine confirmed deaths and no survivors.
All nine victims were identified, according to CBS News.
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were on board.
John Altobelli, champion baseball coach at Orange Coast College, was killed along with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa.
Other victims include: Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan.
A fire caused by the accident prevented rescuers from reaching the scene immediately.
There was no black box on the helicopter. Having one was not a requirement.
The pilot accumulated 8,200 flight hours, according to files sent in July. Your file, as well as any team’s files, will be examined during the investigation.
The helicopter circled Glendale for 14 minutes after takeoff. The pilot started to climb into the clouds before making a sharp turn and finally touching the ground.
Daryl Osby, Los Angeles County Fire Chief: “The initial response from the Los Angeles County Fire Department was 15 devices and 56 people.”
Daryl Osby, Los Angeles County Fire Chief: “At 9:47 am, the Los Angeles County Fire Department received a 911 call from a crashed helicopter and a fire … Upon arrival, our firefighters discovered a forest fire from about a quarter of an acre resulting from an accident on the hillside. “
The bodies of the nine victims of Sunday’s accident were found according to the Los Angeles County Medical Service. They were “taken to the department’s Forensic Science Center,” the forensic department said in a statement. The final body was found on Tuesday.
Investigators have not yet established the cause of the accident. They will review the pilot’s history, aircraft conditions and weather conditions, among other things during the investigation.
The Sikorsky S-76B AP carrying Kobe Bryant, Gianna and the other seven did not have a recommended safety device, according to the AP, although it is not known whether this would have helped to prevent the fatal accident. .
Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time, because his resume speaks for itself. Their distinctions include:
- I spent 20 seasons in the NBA, all with the Lakers
- Fourth highest scorer in NBA history (33,643 points)
- Five-time NBA champion, two-time MVP in the finals
- All-Star 18 times
- 11 times the first NBA team
- Nine times the first NBA defensive team
- Twice Olympic gold medalist
- Youngest player in NBA history when he debuted in 1996