Own Correspondent|The 26th of January 2020 was a tragic day for the sporting world and Americans in general as ex-Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, 41, was involved in a helicopter crash in calabasas a town of about 25,000 people in California.
The basketball legend was believed to be travelling with his 13 year old daughter, Gianna and three other people in the helicopter before it crashed by a hillside and burst into flames. The superstar was reported to be traveling with his daughter to attend Mamba sports academy game, where his daughter was to partake as a player and him as a coach. It is believed his wife was not on-board the helicopter.
The helicopter which was carrying the basketball legend was identified as Mr Bryant’s personal helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76. The Sikorsky S-76 is an American medium-size commercial utility helicopter, manufactured by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The S-76 features twin turboshaft engines, four-bladed main and tail rotors and retractable landing gear.
As at the time of writing this report, the reason for the downing of the helicopter has not been ascertained, but the weather has been considered as a possible factor for the crash. At the scene of the crash, fog and an unclear sky was visible. It is said to be unclear if the helicopter carrying the superstar made a distress call before the crash.
Investigations are stlll underway to ascertain the exact cause of the crash. He is survived by his wife, and three children..