Kobe Bryant and 4 Others Killed in Helicopter Crash on Hillside in Calabasas, California — Northwest of Los Angeles


Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighter/paramedics from Los Angeles County Fire Department responded about noon Sunday, January 26, 2020 to a report of a helicopter crash on a hillside near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street in Calabasas, California.

CARDINAL NEWS | Video Shows Minutes Following Helicopter Crash with Kobe Bryant and 8 Other People Aboard in Calabasas, California

Kobe Bryant, age 41, was reportedly killed in the helicopter crash that involved flames and smoke in Calabasas, California. He and four other people on board were also killed.

According to local media reports, Bryant was on a helicopter flying over Calabasas about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed under “unknown circumstances” and confirmed that local authorities reported to the FAA that five people were onboard at the time of the crash.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office confirmed all five people onboard had died, but did not initially confirm the identities of the passengers at the late-morning press conference.

Firefighters extinguished fire at the wreckage and also extinguished fire that spread to about an acre of dry brush.

Bryant was selected in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac before the start of the 1996-97 season, and became one of the greatest NBA players of all-time.


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