Shocking Details About Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Crash Revealed

Three days after Kobe and Gianna Bryant lost their lives on-board a helicopter, the cause of death as well as details about the crash and the retrieval of victims bodies have been revealed.

30th January 2020 | 02:58 PM (IST)

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office announced that Kobe Bryant and his and Vanessa Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna lost their lives to “blunt trauma.” It has come to light that it is the same official cause of death for the seven other victims who were on board the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas on Sunday. The sudden tragic deaths of the nine onboard have been certified as an “accident.”

The S-76B helicopter that carried Kobe, Gianna and seven others plunged at a rate of “2,000 feet per minute” before crashing into a mountain, as revealed by the National Transportation Safety Board

“We know this was a high-energy impact crash, and the helicopter was in a descending left bank,” an official revealed during a press conference two days after the tragedy, on Tuesday (Jan. 28).

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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It was also revealed that the helicopter was not equipped with “terrain awareness and warning system” (TAWS), which may have been the cause for the pilot not being aware of the terrain around him, eventually leading to the tragic crash claiming nine lives.

A press release has revealed that the bodies of the victims have been recovered from the crash site.

“On Sunday afternoon, personnel from the department’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) recovered three bodies from the helicopter wreckage located in the 4200 block of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas,” a press release said via a news portal. “The next day, the search continued for the other six helicopter occupants. Soon after, their bodies were located, removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s Forensic Science Center.”

The victims are being identified through “the use of fingerprints.” Investigators have identified Kobe Bryant, John Altobelli, Sarah Chester, and the pilot Ara Zobayan, while the other victims are still being officially identified.

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30th January 2020 | 02:58 PM (IST)