Wreckage of Kobe Bryant's helicopter removed from the scene


The remains of the Sikorsky S-76B, which plunged into a foggy slope and killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, were removed from the scene of the accident.

The last bodies of the victims were also recovered on Tuesday in a suburb of Calabasas near Los Angeles, where the helicopter failed on Sunday.

Investigators transported the wreck of the helicopter to trucks by plane, which then took it to a safe place for further investigation.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva warned earlier this week that it was "an offense for anyone to illegally access the crash" when MPs patrolled the debris-filled ground to ward off anyone trying to pick up remains from the tragic escape.

In the meantime, medical examiners have officially identified the bodies of Bryant (41), pilot Ara Zobayan (50), John Altobelli (56) and Sarah Chester (45) using fingerprints.

Also killed, but not officially identified, was Bryant's daughter Gianna, 13; Chester's daughter Payton, 13; Altobelli's wife Keri and daughter Alyssa; and Christina Mauser, 38, a girls basketball coach at a primary school in Southern California.

"We're done on the ground," said Jennifer Homendy, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, on Tuesday when she announced that the federal government had handed over the scene, which spanned an area of ​​more than 500 and about a football field 600 feet "extends to local authorities.

Kobe Bryant's helicopter wreck
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Under the rubble were an iPad, a cell phone and maintenance documents, as well as everything we would expect from an airplane.

She added that the probable cause of the accident could not be confirmed for 12 to 18 months if a final report was issued. A preliminary, fact-based report is expected in about 10 days.

The helicopter flew to Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where his daughter was supposed to play.

With post wires