NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and His Daughter, Gianna Bryant among 9 Killed in Calabasas Helicopter Crash on Las Virgenes Road
Calabasas, California (January 26, 2019) - Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant were among nine people killed Sunday morning when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, authorities said.
The deadly crash took place at about 9:47 a.m. in the 4200 block of Las Virgenes Road, just approximately 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Authorities said Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people were traveling to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks when their Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed into a rugged hillside and burst into flames.
All nine people aboard the helicopter were killed in the crash.
According to the authorities, the helicopter was built in 1991. It was registered to Island Express Holding Corp.
Bryant was a five-time NBA champion in a career that started in 1996 straight out of a high school and lasted until his retirement in 2016.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.