Investigators have recovered all 9 bodies from the Calabasas site where Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed

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  • Investigators in California have recovered all nine bodies from the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crash on Sunday that killed the NBA star Kobe Bryant.
  • No one survived the crash in Calabasas, roughly 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
  • The Los Angeles County coroner’s office announced on Tuesday that four victims had been identified: Bryant, 41; John Altobelli, 56; Sarah Chester, 45; and Ara Zobayan, 50, the pilot.
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Investigators in California have recovered all nine bodies from the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crash that killed the NBA star Kobe Bryant.

No one survived the Sunday crash in Calabasas, roughly 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office announced on Tuesday that three of the bodies were recovered on Sunday afternoon and the other six were removed on Monday. They were taken to the department’s forensic science centre for identification.

On Tuesday, it identified four of the crash victims: Bryant, 41; the college baseball coach John Altobelli, 56, the father of Gianna Bryant’s basketball teammate Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah Chester, 45; and Ara Zobayan, 50, the pilot.

At a briefing on Tuesday, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board gave updated information about its investigation.

An NTSB member, Jennifer Homendy, said the helicopter descended at 2,000 feet per minute, describing it as a “high-energy impact crash.” She said the helicopter missed clearing a hill by 20 to 30 feet.

She added that the helicopter didn’t have a terrain awareness and warning system, which provides information about the area to the pilot. Videos from the day of the crash indicated that foggy conditions may have contributed to poor visibility.

On Monday, Homendy said the helicopter did not have a black box on board, which was not a requirement for the aircraft.

Homendy said the helicopter circled for 12 minutes while awaiting clearance from air-traffic controllers. Then it climbed to about 2,300 feet to avoid a cloud layer and, shortly after, started a descending left turn.

The last radar contact with the helicopter was at about 9:45 a.m.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the department was protecting the area surrounding the crash to prevent trespassing.

Bryant was a fixture on the Los Angeles Lakers for his 20-year career. He was the fourth all-time scorer in the NBA – LeBron James passed him on Saturday – and won five NBA championships.

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