Kobe Bryant his 13 year old daughter Gigi and 7 others die in tragic helicopter crash 1/26

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Everyone is speaking on Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi and the tragedy of the other 7 people who died in the helicopter crash on Sunday morning January 26th. It definitely has been a devastation to the entire nationa. So many questions. Why did the pilot get clearance? Why did they have to use the helicopter on a day like this? Did the other families that died have survivors? Was the bodies all splattered into pieces? Why can they only find three bodies which they had to identify by fingerprints?

Even if we had the answers to all these questions it still wouldn’t bring back any of the 9 people who died in that crash. So many updates.

The UPDATE: (1/26/20, 6:15 pm ET) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the news of Kobe’s passing with the following statement:

“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

“For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary…But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”

Kobe, who is considered to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time, is survived by his wife Vanessa, whom he married in 2001, and three of their four daughters, including Natalia, 17, Bianca, 3, and seven-month-old baby Capri Kobe.

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According to CNN

The helicopter that crashed over the weekend in California killing nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant, dropped more than 2,000 feet a minute and was in one piece until impact into a hillside, a National Transportation Safety Board member said Tuesday.

The helicopter was at 2,300 feet in the air when it lost communication Sunday morning with air traffic control, the NTSB said. The pilot said he was climbing to a higher altitude to avoid a cloud layer. That last contact was around 9:45 a.m. Sunday. The first 911 call came in two minutes later, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
Parts of the helicopter were found scattered at the crash site, which stretched 500 to 600 feet, the NTSB said.
As the NTSB wrapped up their recovery operations Tuesday at the crash site, investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash. NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy said the helicopter did not have a terrain awareness and warning system, which provides the pilot with information about the terrain.
She said the NTSB has recommended that similar helicopters be equipped with the safety feature following a fatal crash in Galveston, Texas that killed 10 people in 2004. The Federal Aviation Administration failed to implement the recommendation, Homendy said.
She said the helicopter missed clearing a mountain by 20 to 30 feet.
“The descent rate for the helicopter was over 2,000 feet a minute, so we know that this was a high energy impact crash,” Homendy said.
She added: “This is a pretty steep descent at high speed. So it wouldn’t be a normal landing speed.”
According to Homendy, “preliminary information is that the helicopter was in one piece when it impacted the terrain.”
As investigators scour for clues, the pilot’s last words with air traffic control illustrate a foggy scene in the sky.
Pilot Ara Zobayan said he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer, Homendy said Monday. But when air traffic control asked him what he planned to do, there was no response.
Visibility was so low Sunday morning that the Los Angeles Police Department had decided to ground its helicopters that morning.
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But it’s still not certain what caused the helicopter to crash, killing parents, children, and one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were heading to a basketball game in Thousand Oaks, where he was expected to coach and she was expected to play.
The other six passengers included two of Gianna’s teammates with their parents and an assistant girls basketball coach. The pilot, Zobayan, was also killed.
The LA County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced Tuesday that four of the nine bodies recovered, including Kobe Bryant, were officially identified through the use of fingerprints. Investigators are still working on identifying the five remaining bodies.