Investigators work at the scene of the accident.

Legal medicine services responsible for the helicopter accident in which nine people died, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, have officially identified the body of the former player of the Lakers. “Through the use of fingerprints, the researchers identified three men and one woman who were on the plane,” authorities said.

The remains of John Altobelli and Sarah Chester They were also identified. “Investigators are still working on the identification of the five remaining dead.”

The authorities recovered between Sunday and Monday the nine bodies of the disaster site, an intricate mountainous area in Calabasas, southwest of Los Angeles. The accident happened on Sunday morning. The five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers was traveling in a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter from Orange County, where he lives, to his sports academy Mamba in Thousand Oaks, where Gianna had a basketball game.

The news of his death constern to the entire world, beginning with his own neighbors of Los Angeles who saw him play for 20 years. In a square located in front of the Staples Center, home of the Lakers, several improvised altars were raised in honor of the legend, with balls, slippers, caps, flowers and candles.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is dedicated to the investigation of civil aviation accidents, released on Tuesday a video in which you can see closely the debris and ash that left the impact of the aircraft, unrecognizable. “The descent range was more than 2,000 feet (600 meters) per minute“said Jennifer Homendy, a member of the NTSB team assigned to the case, at a press conference.” It was a fairly steep descent at high speed“In his last contact with the controllers, he was flying at 2,300 feet.

The agency plans to publish a preliminary report in 10 days and the end in 12-18 months. The helicopter did not have a terrain proximity alert device (TAS), which was not required, although the NTSB recommended that federal authorities request it. The helicopter also had no black box, which is also not a requirement for this type of aircraft. The researchers found a iPad, possibly from the pilot, very experienced with ms 8,000 flight hours, to be analyzed.

The weather is still unknown and crucial part of the investigation. That Sunday the fog was strong enough for the police and the sheriff to leave on land Your own helicopters. “We have an expert meteorologist on the team that is analyzing the weather and the decision making to fly that day, “he said.

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