On 26 January, a helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California, United States. Nobody of the nine passengers survived the crash. One of the passengers has been confirmed as Kobe Bryant, a 41-year-old American professional basketball player. His 13-year-old daughter was also a passenger on board.
The Philadelphia native spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before he retired in 2016.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Witnesses reported hearing the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down.
Sources told TMZ the helicopter was on its way to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for basketball practice when the crash occurred, near the home of Kourtney Kardashian.
As fans around the world grapple with Kobe Bryant’s death, new clues are emerging about what happened shortly before the crash that killed the NBA legend, his daughter and seven others.
The helicopter was operating under “special visual flight rules,” according to an air traffic control conversation with the pilot, captured by website LiveATC.net.
An SVFR clearance allows a pilot to fly in weather conditions worse than those allowed for standard visual flight rules.
Avoid the area until further notice.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace, Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/AbAbNzUEwR
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) January 26, 2020