“But sexy as it might seem, Bryant says the helicopter is just another tool for improving his body. It’s no different than his weights or his whirlpool tubs or his custom-made Nikes. Given his broken finger, his fragile knees, his sore back and achy feet, not to mention his chronic agita, Bryant can’t sit in a car for two hours. The helicopter, therefore, ensures that he gets to Staples Center feeling fresh, that his body is warm and loose and fluid as mercury when he steps onto the court. “
Bryant’s helicopter was a Sikorsky S – , a type which has had a relatively good safety record since its first flight in .
In statements, the Federal Aviation Administration said it would investigate the crash, and the National Transportation Safety Board said it had a team responding to the crash site.
Here is what we know about Bryant’s helicopter and the Sikorsky S –