Rescuers have recovered the bodies of all nine victims involved in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles.
NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among the victims.
According to the coroner’s office, three bodies were retrieved from the scattered wreckage by a special response team on Sunday while the remaining six were found as the search resumed in rugged terrain Monday.
The office added that the remains were ‘removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s forensic science centre’ for examination and identification.
Bryant was travelling with 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.
Other victims are John Altobelli, 56, the pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, 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.
Zobayan who was was the chief pilot for the aircraft’s owner, Island Express Helicopters had more than ten years of experience and had logged more than 8,000 flight hours, and he had flown Bryant and other celebrities several times before.