The California rescue team have successfully recovered all the 9 bodies from the scene of the helicopter crash that killed Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, the coroner’s office confirmed on Tuesday, January 28th.
It was gathered that three bodies were first retrieved from the scattered wreckage on Sunday, January 26th the day of the crash. On Monday, January 27, the remaining 6 were located as the search resumed.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office in a statement, said the remains were ‘removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s forensic science center’ for proper examination and identification.
41-year-old NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant, was traveling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna to his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks where his daughter was set to play. They were killed alongside 7 others when the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles.
Those who also lost their lives in the crash were John Altobelli, 56, longtime head coach of Southern California’s Orange Coast College baseball team; his wife, Keri; and their daughter, Alyssa, who also played on the same basketball team as Kobe’s daughter.
A girls’ basketball coach at a Southern California elementary school identified as Christina Mauser, was also killed in the accident. Another young player, Payton Chester, also lost his life along with her mum Sarah Chester.
The pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, was the ninth victim.
It was further learnt that The Investigators are expected to remain at the crash scene throughout the week to collect more evidence, with hope to find clues as to what really caused the helicopter crash.