Bryant’s helicopter flew in fog that grounded other choppers

PHOTO: Downed aircraft is a helicopter, flames extinguished. Malibu deputies at crash site, 4200 blk Las Virgenes Rd Calabasas CA, Photo Date: 1/26/2020

CALABASAS, Calif. — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers.

Bryant’s helicopter plunged into a rugged hillside Sunday morning with an impact that scattered debris over an area the size of a football field and killed everyone aboard.

The accident unleashed an outpouring of grief from admirers around the country who mourned the sudden loss of the all-time basketball great who spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says his department’s helicopters were grounded due to weather in the area where a took place.

The sheriff told a press conference that debris is scattered over an area the size of a football field.

The county medical examiner, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, says recovery of remains may take several days. Lucas says investigators will try to make identifications of the victims as quickly as possible.

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