Kobe Bryant helicopter crash latest sad sports aviation incident

A helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others on board. In 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant won five championships, two Finals MVPs, the 2007-08 league MVP and was an 18-time All-Star. His on-court impact – he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year – was only dwarfed by his influence in the game and beyond

Other victims of the crash included Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, as well as Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli and two members of his family and Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach for a private school in Southern California. 

Tragically, this group was far from the first in the sports world to die in an aviation crash.

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Here are other incidents throughout sports history:  

Roy Halladay — Nov. 7, 2017

Halladay, 40, was a Baseball Hall of Famer who earned two Cy Young awards and eight All-Star appearances during his 16 seasons in MLB before retiring due to shoulder injuries. He died in a plane crash in the…

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