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Kobe Bryant and daughter killed in helicopter crash

By RICHARD WINTON and DAN WOIKE • Updated Jan 26, 2020 at 5:27 PM

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, was killed Sunday when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, sources told the L.A. Times.

His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and three others were also killed in the crash. A person familiar with the case confirmed that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also was killed.

The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road — about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles — according to a watch commander for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The crash ignited a brush fire and made it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft, he said. The fire was contained to the crash site, officials said. There were no homes in the area, and no roadways were impacted.

The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter had five people on board.

Allen Kenitzer, an FAA spokesman, said his agency and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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