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NTSB shares video of Calabasas helicopter crash site

Everything we know so far about the crash that killed Kobe
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Posted at 10:24 AM, Jan 26, 2020

NBA star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday that took the life of nine people. Authorities say there were no survivors of the crash in Calabasas, Calif. The seven other victims are Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, their daughter Alyssa, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Mamba Academy basketball coach Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan.

This is a roundup information related to the crash. Check back frequently for updates and livestreams as more information becomes available.


JAN 28 9:57 A.M.
The National Transportation Safety Board shared video on Tuesday of investigators documenting the accident site of the Sunday's helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif.

JAN 27 10:30 A.M.
The Aviators shared a photograph on Twitter of the scoreboard at the Las Vegas Ballpark honoring Kobe Bryant.

JAN 27 8:23 A.M.
The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers, the Associated Press reports.

JAN 27 5:30 A.M.
This morning, Las Vegas is remembering the legacy of Bryant.

Here’s a look at the High Roller this morning at The LINQ, which is lit in gold and purple, the Los Angeles Lakers colors, in honor of the NBA legend.

We are also learning more about the victims of the crash. We now know a college baseball coach, a youth basketball coach and a woman and her daughter were among those killed in a helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter.

Authorities have confirmed that Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed in the crash. John Altobelli — the baseball coach at Orange Coast College — along with his wife, Keri, and his daughter, Alyssa, were also killed in the crash. Orange Coast College confirmed Altobelli's death in a press release on Sunday.

Also killed in the crash was Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach at an Orange County private school. Katrina Foley, the mayor of the city of Costa Mesa, confirmed Mauser's death in a tweet.

The final two passengers in the helicopter were Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton, according to a Facebook post by Todd Schmidt. According to CNN, Schmidt is the principal at Harbor View Elementary School, where Payton attended.

Authorities have yet to name the person who was piloting the helicopter at the time of the crash.

JAN 26. 4:17 P.M.

Las Vegas Mayor Caroyln Gooman shared condolneces on Twitter.

JAN 26. 4:16 P.M.
The Vegas Golden Knights said they were joining "the global sports community" in mourning the loss of Bryant.

We join the global sports community in mourning the tragic loss of one of the greatest athletes of our time. Our sincere condolences go out to the Bryant family and all those impacted.

JAN 26. 3:57 P.M.
Orange Coast College says head baseball coach John Altobelli has passed away. University of Houston's baseball team says the former letterwinner and assistant coach was one of the victims of the deadly helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant.

Houston mourns the passing of former letterwinner & assistant coach John Altobelli. In memoriam: http://bit.ly/2RQRXGD

JAN 26. 3:25 P.M.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of 18 people to the scene of the helicopter crash that killed NBA icon Kobe Bryant and eight others. NTSB member Jennifer Homendy said at a news conference that investigators will look at the pilot's history, the maintenance records and information on the helicopter's owner and operator. Homendy said investigators were not sure how many people the aircraft was configured to carry.


JAN 26. 3:17 P.M.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is postponing the announcement of the new advertising campaign until a later date due to the deadly crash involving Kobe Bryant. Las Vegas was set to replace the famous "What happens here, stays here" slogan today with celebratory pop-up Instagram spots on The Strip. READ MORE

The following is a statement from Steve Hill, CEO and president of the LVCVA:

As many are aware, we were prepared to launch the newest advertising campaign for Las Vegas during the GRAMMYs telecast on Sunday, January 26. In light of today’s tragic accident that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and others on board, we are postponing any activity planned on the Las Vegas Strip until a future date. The hearts of everyone in Las Vegas are with the families and friends of those lost, with all of Los Angeles and with his fans around the world.

JAN 26. 3:15 P.M.
The Las Vegas Aces and the NBA each shared statements on the deadly helicopter crash.

Las Vegas Aces statement:

NBA statement:

2:50 P.M.
According to the Sheriff, records show 9 people were aboard Bryant's helicopter; all died. The chopper crashed Sunday in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.



JAN 26. 2 P.M.
The Las Vegas Aces WNBA team shared a photograph with 13 Action News of Aces forward A'ja Wilson with the late NBA star Kobe Bryant.

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Las Vegas Aces' forward A'ja Wilson and NBA star Kobe Bryant. Source: Las Vegas Aces

JAN 26. 12:56 P.M. ESPN reports Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent. Authorities say there were no survivors.

Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.

Footage from above the crash scene:

JAN 26. 12:48 P.M.

President Donald Trump sent the following tweet:

Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!

UPDATE 12:42 P.M. Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti released a statement in a series of tweets on Twitter after the passing of Kobe Bryant in a deadly crash.

Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court — and awed us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved.

Kobe will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles, and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes.

This is a moment that leaves us struggling to find words that express the magnitude of shock and sorrow we are all feeling right now, and I am keeping Kobe’s entire family in my prayers at this time of unimaginable grief.

JAN 26. 12:48 P.M.
Los Angeles Police Department reminds people Staples Center is closed due to the Grammys and says fans will not be able to access the arena in the wake of Kobe Bryant's passing.

We’re aware of published reports regarding the helicopter crash in Calabasas today & we’re still in the process of confirming with @LASDHQ who was on board. As a reminder, the area around the Staples Center is closed due to the Grammys & fans will not be able to access the arena.

JAN 26. 12:41 P.M.
Las Vegas Aces' A'ja Wilson wrote on Twitter, "I literally cannot process this.."

JAN 26. 12:39 P.M.
UNLV Athletics sent the following tweet:

Thoughts and prayers from UNLV Athletics to the families and friends of those lost in today's tragic accident, including Kobe Bryant, one of basketball's all-time greats. His contributions to the game are truly immeasurable.

JAN 26. 11:55 A.M.
Las Vegas Aces' Jackie Young wrote "So sad" on Twitter.

JAN 26. 11:42 A.M. Our sister station, ABC7 in Los Angeles, has independently confirmed reports that NBA star Kobe Bryant was killed in the helicopter crash. The news was first reported by TMZ.

JAN 26. 11:26 A.M. Officials say there were no survivors and five people are confirmed dead in the Los Angeles area helicopter crash. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and the investigation remains ongoing.

In a tweet, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said:

Five people confirmed deceased, no survivors in #Calabasas helicopter crash. #LASD #Malibu deputies remain with #LA County Fire personnel. Investigation ongoing. Avoid the area until further notice.

Plane crash reported in Calabasas, California

JAN 26. 10:40 A.M. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the downed aircraft is a helicopter and deputies are at the crash site looking for survivors. Flames have been extinguished by crews.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says there are reports of a downed aircraft in the Los Angeles area.

Law enforcement says deputies are on scene at Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street in Calabasas.

Initial reports of the hillside crash came through at 10 a.m.

It is unknown what condition the aircraft's occupants are in, the department says.

This is breaking news check here for updates.