Bryant was traveling with at least three others, and authorities said 5 people are confirmed dead. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not among the passengers.
The helicopter crash resulted in a fire that triggered emergency personnel to the scene. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the crash occurred around 10 Am in Calabasas, a city located 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The Federal Aviation Administration identified the helicopter as a Sikorsky S-76, which Bryant owned. It crashed under “unknown circumstances.” The Faa said it was informed by local authorities that were were five people on board at the time.
Bryant has used a helicopter to travel around California for years, dating back to his time with the Lakers.