Cause crash Bryant still unknown, pilot wanted to climb because of poor visibility

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Bryant was on Sunday morning with his daughter Gianna (13) and six other passengers en route to a basketball game. All passengers and the pilot died. Four of them have been identified with the help of fingerprints, including Bryant. The remains of the five others are still being investigated.

The visibility was poor on Sunday morning. The Los Angeles police had therefore decided to keep all helicopters on the ground. The pilot received permission to continue flying during the flight, despite the sudden deterioration in visibility. He had more than 1200 flight hours of experience in the helicopter in which he flew.

Images of the wreckage, shortly after the crash:

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