Additional information has emerged from the helicopter crash of former America basketball great, Kobe Bryant.
The helicopter that was carrying 41-year-old Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, flew through fog despite cops grounding their fleet over safety fears.
Initial reports had said that it was only five people that were involved in the crash, but information from the press conference revealed that nine people in the helicopter crashed around 10 am Sunday. Others mentioned so far are baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, daughter Alyssa and basketball coach Christina Mauser.
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Police confirmed that the private Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, which caught fire after it struck a hillside in Calabasas amid heavy fog, was grounded on Sunday, as the weather did not meet the required standards.
According to the flight data, the aircraft got into trouble above the LA Zoo, where it circled at a very low altitude, and air traffic control audio suggests conditions were worsening in the run-up to the crash.
Speaking on the incident, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Josh Rubenstein confirmed their Air Support Division was grounded Sunday.
“The weather situation did not meet our minimum standards for flying,” he said.
The cause of the crash remains unknown, and it is under investigation. The control tower at Burbank Airport was contacted by the pilot shortly before 10 am local time. The helicopter reportedly turned south, towards a mountainous area around 9:40 am.
According to the flight tracker data, it later it hit the hillside at 1700 feet five minutes, near the home of Kourtney Kardashian.
Bryant was heading to Mamba Academy – which he founded – in Thousand Oaks for a youth tournament involving his daughter and her teammate Alyssa before meeting his untimely death.
According to authorities, the crash site is difficult to access. They said it could take several days to recover bodies.