Vanessa Bryant remembers her ‘best friend’ in latest Instagram posts

Lawrence Kim
February 5, 2020

Kobe Bryant's heartbroken widow turned to Instagram Wednesday to post heartfelt tributes to him, saying she misses her "best friend".

The bodies of Bryant and Gianna were released to his family by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office on Monday, eight days after the crash.

The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76B, was reportedly carrying Bryant, Gianna, and several of her teammates and their parents on the way to a travel basketball game.

At a press conference last week, the government agency asked members of the public to send in photographs of the area right before the crash so officials could get an accurate vision of what conditions were like at the time.

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people who were killed in a helicopter crash in January.

A third caller: "It went over my head". "It's thick in clouds".

Another caller said he did not see the helicopter, but heard a crash.

"I'm walking on the trail, I could hear the plane". "I think it was an airplane". "We couldn't see it and then we just heard a boom and a dead sound and then I could see the flames".

"Whatever crashed into the hill is also on fire", he added.

Multiple callers reported hearing the helicopter fly overhead before seeing or hearing it crash and burst into flames last Sunday morning.

"A helicopter crashed into a mountain, we heard it, and now I'm looking at the flames", they said. "I'm at Erewhon supermarket, we can see it".

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, but has yet to disclose a cause.

Jennifer Homendy, an NTSB investigator, said the helicopter was at 2,300 feet when it lost communication with air traffic controllers.

The aircraft missed the top of the hill by six to nine metres after it rapidly descended.

Another man was standing in a auto park at a nearby supermarket when he witness the helicopter crashing into the hillside after it had descended at 2,000 feet per minute. "This is a pretty steep descent at high speed".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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