Nine killed in helicopter crash in Calabasas; Kobe Bryant among them
CALABASAS (KUSI) – Five people were killed Sunday, including Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, when a helicopter crashed along a hillside in Calabasas.
The crash, in the area of Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street, was called in at 9:47 a.m., according to a watch commander at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lost Hills/Malibu station.
The helicopter was described as a Sikorsky S-76, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. TMZ — which first reported Bryant’s death, said the helicopter belonged to Bryant.
There were no survivors, according to sheriff’s officials, who added that the crash triggered a small fire that was quickly put out.
The Lakers confirmed that Bryant was one of the victims.
“We can confirm that Kobe Bryant passed away today from the causes of a helicopter accident. The entire Los Angeles Lakers family wishes to support their family and friends. RIP KOBE,” the team tweeted at 12:24 p.m.
The other four victims have not been identified.
As the news spread, Lakers fans began gathering outside Staples Center.
One fan told KTLA, “I didn’t know what else to do, so I came here.”