SPECIAL REPORT: Five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant, and his 13-year-old daughter were among the 9 people killed when the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter they were in impacted hilly terrain in Calabasas, Los Angeles County, California. The helicopter followed US Route 101 under a Special VFR clearance before turning left towards the hills near Calabasas, where it came down.
The cause of the crash was unknown, but conditions at the time were such that the Los Angeles Police Department and the county sheriff’s department grounded their helicopters. When it struck the ground, the helicopter was flying at about 160 knots (184 mph) and descending at a rate of more than 4000 feet per minute, the data showed.
RIP Kobe Bryant