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Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna die in a helicopter crash

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The retired US basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, 26 January 2020.

Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California.

 

 

The Associated Press reports

Bryant’s helicopter left Santa Ana shortly after 9 a.m. and circled for a time just east of Interstate 5, near Glendale. Air traffic controllers noted poor visibility around Burbank, just to the north, and Van Nuys, to the northwest.

After holding up the helicopter for other aircraft, they cleared the Sikorsky S-76 to proceed north along Interstate 5 through Burbank before turning west to follow U.S Route 101, the Ventura Highway.

Shortly after 9:40 a.m., the helicopter turned again, toward the southeast, and climbed to more than 2,000 feet above sea level. It then descended and crashed into the hillside at about 1,400 feet, according to data from Flightradar24.

When it struck the ground, the helicopter was flying at about 160 knots (184 mph) and descending at a rate of more than 4,000 feet per minute, the Flightradar24 data showed.

Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history. He retired in April 2016.

His achievements include being the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also NBA scoring champion twice and a two-time Olympic champion.

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