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Three Bodies Removed From Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Site - LA Coroner

© REUTERS / InstagramSmoke rises amid foggy weather from the site of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others, along a hillside in Calabasas, California, U.S., January 26, 2020
Smoke rises amid foggy weather from the site of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others, along a hillside in Calabasas, California, U.S., January 26, 2020 - Sputnik International
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The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced Monday that investigators have recovered a total of three bodies from the site of the helicopter crash which killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other individuals.

According to the coroner's office, the bodies were recovered from the wreckage site on Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, California, on Sunday afternoon by the Special Operations Response Team (SORT). 

The corpses were then transported to LA's Forensic Science Center to undergo identification and examination procedures. 

While SORT's efforts were halted later that evening due to "darkness and safety concerns," personnel returned to the scene on Monday to search for additional occupants from the Sikorsky S-76B's fatal crash. 

Victims of the helicopter crash included Los Angeles Lakers legend Bryant and his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant. 

Fans of the retired NBA star gathered in Los Angeles on Monday to mourn his passing

John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli - a father, mother and their daughter - were also killed in the January 26 incident, along with Christina Mauser, Ara Zobayan and Sarah and Payton Chester. 

The US National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that a team of 18 individuals would be investigating the cause of the helicopter's crash. 

“Our team will be looking at the history of the pilot and whatever crew was on board,” board member Jennifer Homendy told the New York Times. “We’ll be looking at maintenance records of the helicopter. We will be looking at records of the owner and operator of the helicopter and a number of other things.”

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