The internet's heart was broken when it was revealed that the legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant, had died in a helicopter crash yesterday morning. He was just forty-one-years-old. 9 other people are now confirmed dead, including Kobe's thirteen-year-old-daughter, Gianna.
It is an utterly shocking tragedy, and everyone is wondering the same thing... What on earth happened?
Many different theories as to why the aircraft crashed have been speculated, but now, the communication between the air traffic control and the pilot moments before the disaster has been released, and it could explain everything.
Keep scrolling to hear the chilling audio for yourself...
It has been confirmed that Kobe Bryant has tragically died in a helicopter crash this morning.
via: Getty ImagesThe NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirms.
Bryant was a true basketball star.
via: TwitterHis father, Joe Bryant, was also a professional NBA player, and Kobe began playing basketball professionally straight out of high school.
He was a true legend in the sport.
via: TwitterBy his second season, Kobe had been named an All-Star.
When he was just thirty-four years old, Kobe became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points.
via: TwitterAnd on February 1st of 2010, it was announced Kobe was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.
He was a massive success off the court, too.
via: TwitterIn 2018, Kobe won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball.
Kobe retired after the 2015-16 season.
via: TwitterBut he stayed busy, focusing on many other career pursuits - alongside raising his family.
Kobe shared four daughters with his wife and high school sweetheart, Vanessa.
via: TwitterTheir eldest was Natalia, who's seventeen, followed by Gianna, aged thirteen, then Bianka, aged 3, and Capri aged just 7 months.
He loved being a dad.
via: TwitterAs this photo of the Bryants in full family Halloween costume proves.
Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...
via: Getty ImagesBut tragically, yesterday morning, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reports.
During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.
This is utterly devastating news...
Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.
via: Getty ImagesTMZ Sports reports that Gianna, aged 13, has tragically died in the crash. It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.
Gianna was Kobe's second-eldest daughter.
via: TwitterShe was born on May 1st of 2006, and was set to follow in Kobe's footsteps.
She often accompanied Kobe to basketball games.
via: TwitterIn fact, from childhood, Gianna would participate in the team warm-ups.
Kobe supported his daughter's passion for the sport.
via: TwitterHe would regularly take her along to women's basketball games - and Gianna played for the Mamba Academy ballers, where her father was the coach.
Gianna was reportedly a true talent.
via: TwitterAnd many thought she was set for an illustrious basketball career.
Kobe and Gianna were also very close.
The 2 were often pictured giggling and smiling together, and it was clear that she was the apple of her father's eye.
Heartbreaking footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the tragedy which took their lives.
.@LACOFD helicopter over the scene . As air ops quickly told me it is a fire not sheriffs chopper hovering and now… https://t.co/I5VE1IaTao— Richard Winton (@Richard Winton)1580066118.0
And, alongside Kobe and Gianna, 7 others have been confirmed to have died.
via: TwitterAll 9 of the passengers on board were confirmed to have died in the tragic crash.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
And many people are asking the same thing...
via: GettyWhat was it that caused their helicopter to malfunction so severely?
A digital map of the helicopter's journey shows the turbulent nature of the flight...And it can be seen that the helicopter circled over Glendale several times before crashing near Calabasas.
Engine failure has been dubbed as "highly unlikely"...
via: GettyAnd dense fog and bad weather conditions is set to become the key line of investigation.
And now, we can hear the moments of chaos that happened prior to the crash...
via: GettyThe chilling audio that occurred between the pilot and air traffic control moments before the doomed crash has now been released.
Nothing seemed too out of the ordinary...
via: GettyThe controllers can be heard mentioning poor visibility around the Burbank and Van Nuys areas, but the pilot talks to controllers normally before communication suddenly goes dead near the crash site at Calabasas.
The pilot was warned that he was flying "too low level for flight"...
via: GettyAnd, seconds later, he drops off the radar entirely.