Kobe Bryant: Details of fatal helicopter crash revealed

The helicopter that Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were travelling in on Sunday was trying to clear a layer of cloud before it crashed into the ground, investigators have said.

Instead of clearing the clouds, the helicopter began to bank sharply before heading towards the ground at a speed of 2,000 feet (610m) per minute.

A minute later, the twin-engine Sikorsky S-76B hit a hillside and burst into flames, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Bryant pictured with his daughter Gianna in Las Vegas in July last year
Image:Kobe was travelling to a game with his daughter

Speaking at a press conference in Calabasas in California, close to the crash site, Jennifer Homendy, a board member for the NTSB said: “This is a pretty steep descent at high speed.

“The time from descent to impact was probably about a minute.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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