Kobe helicopter crash: all nine bodies recovered

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Rescuers have recovered the bodies of all nine victims from a helicopter crash near Los Angeles that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Three bodies were retrieved from the scattered wreckage by a special response team on Sunday – the day of the crash.

The remaining six were located as the search resumed in rugged terrain Monday.

In a statement, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said the remains were ‘removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s forensic science center’ for examination and identification.

Bryant, 41, was traveling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers and crew when the Sikorsky S-76 slammed into a rugged hillside in thick fog in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles.

Also killed were John Altobelli, 56, longtime head coach of Southern California’s Orange Coast College baseball team; his wife, Keri; and daughter, Alyssa, who played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter; and Christina Mauser, a girls’ basketball coach at a Southern California elementary school.

Another young player, Payton Chester, was also killed in the crash along with her mother Sarah Chester.

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