A helicopter carrying 9 people crashed in Malibu today killing all 9 passengers. Among the dead are Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.
Kobe was a well respected former NBA player. This crash comes just after Lebron James passed his record on the NBA all time scoring list. Kobe was born in 1978 and entered the NBA straight out of high school. He played for 20 years for the Lakers and won 5 NBA championships. Kobe was the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points.
Pacific Standard Time on January 26, 2020, Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others took off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, in a Bryant-owned Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.[453 ] The helicopter crashed at about 9:47 a.m. in Calabasas, California.
Sikorsky is a corporation belonging to Lockheed Martin. The S-76 is described as "well-known for its work in VIP transport and utility work" on the Sikorsky website, and for its reliability. Sikorksy says more than 178 customers operate S-76 helicopters in a corporate or VIP role, adding that 10 countries ' rely on the S-76 for the Head of State mission. '
The crash is still under investigation.