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

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others are dead after their helicopter went down in Southern California. (AP/Jan. 26)

NBA star Kobe Bryant, age 41, and his daughter Gianna Bryant, age 13, died with seven other people aboard a helicopter that crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County at 9:47 a.m. Sunday, January 26, 2020. The nearest intersection of the crash was Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street in Calabasas. When firefighters on Quint 125 arrived on the scene, they initially reported a helicopter down with about one acre of brush burning. Later fire authorities reported the fire was contained to one-quarter acre. Initially, firefighters on scene reported three victims and then five victims at the scene. Ultimately a total of nine victims were discovered.

TMZ Sports reported that Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, was not on board the aircraft.

There were reports of fog in the area, and news photos after the crash showed fog. Air Temperature equaled the Dew Point at 50°F at 9:57 a.m. in nearby Topanga, California — indicating air/moisture saturation or fog. Also, nearby at Cheeseboro, Air Temperature equaled Dew Point at 49°F. Visibility was not reported at either station today.

The NWS station at LAX reported Haze with a visibility of 3 miles at 9:53 a.m. Sunday. Air Temperature was 59°F and Dew Point was 49°F at 9:53 a.m. Visibility has been low at Los Angeles International Airport for the past 24 hours with visibility as low as 0.25 mile with Fog, Mist and/or Haze.

A Sikorsky S-76 helicopter (N72EX) crashed under “unknown circumstances” in Calabasas with the cause of the crash initially unknown. Flight information service Flight Radar 24 reported an altitude of 1350 feet, a ground speed of 161 knots, and a vertical speed of -4864 feet per minute just before the crash.

According to Flight Radar 24 data, the S-76 helicopter took off from John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana in Orange County, California, and was destined for San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte in Los Angeles County, California.

No one survived the fatal crash. No one was injured on the ground.






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