Multiple federal agencies will join California officials in trying to determine why a helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his 13 -year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people slammed into a hillside near Malibu on Sunday, killing everyone aboard.
The low clouds and fog in the area forced the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office to ground their helicopters at the time of the crash, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. The Los Angeles Police Department took similar precautions with its choppers. It was not immediately clear whether the weather played a role in the accident.
Initial reports indicated five people were aboard, but Villanueva said Sunday afternoon the flight manifest showed a pilot and eight passengers. John Altobelli, a community college baseball coach, was among those killed in the crash. He was also with his wife and daughter, Keri and Alyssa, Orange Coast College said in a news release.
People near and far were mourning Bryant’s death. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years and won five NBA championships.