What Really Happened in the Helicopter with Kobe Bryant?
The Los Angeles Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, along with his 13 years old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. The player was allegedly traveling to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game where his second eldest daughter, Gigi, was expected to play. They decided to take their private helicopter, the Sikorsky S-76B, in order to avoid the L.A traffic.
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Kobe and his daughter were accompanied by 7 other members which included an assistant coach for an Orange County private elementary school basketball team, Christina Mauser and Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli with his wife, Keri and daughter, Alyssa. Alyssa played on the club team with Kobe’s daughter.
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, aka Gigi, was a middle school basketball player. Being coached by Mamba himself, Gigi played for Mamba Academy ballers. During his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live show, in 2018, the former NBA player had shared how Gianna assured the fans that she would carry on the legacy and that her dad and mom, Vanessa did not need to have a “boy” to do that. Kobe, who referred Gianna as Mambacita, would often be seen with him in games.
The 13-year-old had dreams of going to the WNBA and playing for the UConn Huskies. In honor of the retired NBA player, the teams around the league took 24-second shot-clock violation.
Fifteen minutes prior to the crash, the pilot of Sikorsky S-76B had contacted Burbank Airport’s control tower at 9:30 a.m. Minutes later, the helicopter flew into heavy fog, taking a turn into a mountainous direction.
It then quickly climbed a height of 2,000 ft.and moments later at around 9:45 a.m., the pilot crashed into a mountain. Scott Dickson, 61 heard the helicopter overhead during a smoke break while he was setting up sound at Church of the Canyon.
Kobe is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three other daughters.