Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Willjaneva said nine people had died in a helicopter crash.
“There are no survivors … There were eight passengers and a pilot on board, all of whom died,” Viljanueva told reporters.
Legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant has already been reported tragically killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on Sunday. The great basketball player passed away at the age of 41.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed into the mountains near the city of Calabash in foggy weather. The accident happened shortly before 10 a.m. local time.
The accident and the ensuing explosion caused bush fires on the hillside. Derrill Osby, head of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said firefighters needed water hoses to clear the burning bushes and heaps and had to hike with medical equipment to the scene.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcette confirmed in his Twitter account that Brianent’s daughter, Gianna, was among those killed: “Los Angeles mourns with Brianent’s family about Gianna’s death, which killed her father and friends in today’s tragedy.”
Gianna was one of Brian and Vanessa’s four children.
The former NBA star and her daughter flew in a helicopter to a game in which the daughter was to take part. Local media reported that Janian’s teammate and one of her parents were on the plane.
Orange College has confirmed that its 56-year-old baseball coach, John Altobelli, was also on the plane. CNN, meanwhile, reported that Altobelli’s wife, Kerry, and one of their two daughters, Alice, were also on board the plane.
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Viljanueva told reporters that the names will not be named until the dead are announced to their family members, and that no investigation will be carried out to identify the dead.
The National Transportation Safety Administration (NTSB) has sent 18 units to California to help investigate the disaster by investigating data provided by the maintenance, helicopter operator and owner.
The NTSB confirmed that the aircraft used was a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter with a black box. The plane crashed from John Wayne Airport in Santana in nine and six minutes. It went to the Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park, about 137 kilometers away, where the game was to take place.
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