UPDATE: ESPN reports that one of Bryant’s daughters was also one of the victims on board the helicopter.
The 41-year-old athlete was one of five occupants who did not survive the fiery incident in the 4200 block of Las Virgenes Road.
Deputies responded to the scene near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street at around 10 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lost Hills station said.
At least five people were killed in the crash, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Witnesses reported seeing the helicopter going down quickly and then slamming into the ground, Fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda said.
Flames that erupted in the crash have been extinguished, authorities said about 10:30 a.m.
“I heard the plane (sic) splutter and then a boom,” L.A. Times reporter Richard Winton tweeted earlier, saying conditions were foggy in the area.
Imbrenda said it’s unknown where the helicopter, described as being a Sikorsky S-76, took off from.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are responding to the scene.
Check back for updates on this developing story.