000 1NK1XT 640x426 - Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old daughter die in helicopter crash

In this file photo taken on September 13, 2019 former basketball player Kobe Bryant of the US waves at the crowd during the Basketball World Cup semi-final game between Australia and Spain in Beijing. (Photo by Greg BAKER / AFP)

Basketball great Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria, died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, wire reports said.

According to CNN, five people were killed in the crash on a hillside in Calabasas, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. There were no survivors, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The sheriff’s department received reports of the downed aircraft just after 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m PT), officials said in a tweet.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Tony Imbrenda said he didn’t immediately have any information about whether the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter radioed a distress signal.
“Individuals that saw the aircraft said it was coming down at a fairly significant rate of speed and impacted the ground on the hillside,” he told reporters.
Imbrenda said he didn’t know where the helicopter came from or where it was headed.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Tranportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, the FAA said in a tweet.

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