Bodies Recovered From Kobe Bryant's Crash Site As It's Revealed Helicopter Fell From The Sky In 15 Seconds
Three bodies have been recovered from the site where Kobe Bryant and eight others were killed in a helicopter crash in California.
The pilot of Kobe Bryant's ill-fated helicopter was flying too low to be monitored in fog, air traffic controller recordings show, as coroner's investigators said they were searching for more remains.
Authorities declined to comment on the identities of those involved in the crash.
Bryant's pilot Ara Zobayan was given 'special permission' to fly the passengers to basketball practice, as the chopper set off into thick fog on Monday morning.
The weather was so poor that the Los Angeles Police Department had grounded their choppers the morning of the accident.
After circling an area close to the LA Zoo six times, Zobayan contacted the Burbank Airport control tower.
After circling for 15 minutes, the helicopter plunged more than 150 metres in just 15 seconds, flying at a speed of 296 kilometres per hour.
Eye witnesses believe that the helicopter dropped out of the sky at such a high speed that those on board would've died instantly.
"It didn't sound right and it was real low. I saw it falling and spluttering. But it was hard to make out as it was so foggy," eye witness Jerry Kocharian told LA Times.
“There was a big fireball. No one could survive that," Kocharian said.
Authorities said a quarter-acre fire erupted from the chopper on a hillside behind Kourtney Kardashian's Californian home.
In a later press conference, Chief Medical Examiner for the County of Los Angeles Dr. Jonathan Lucas said the recovery of the bodies may take "a few days" because of the difficult terrain and the condition of the site.
"Our priority is completing the recovery as quickly as possible, but safely and thoroughly, and doing that to make sure our staff are safe," Dr. Lucas said.
The US National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the crash that'll focus on why the helicopter was travelling at such a low altitude in thick fog.
Investigators will also discuss whether mechanical problems were a potential cause of the crash.
Victims of the crash include Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, assistant coach of the Mamba girls' basketball team, Christina Mauser, baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, Gianna's teammate Payton Chester and her mother Sarah and the pilot, Ara Zobayan.
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