Kobe Bryant A Notable US Athlete Died In Air Crash
Kobe Bryant now joins the list of notable athletes playing in the United States who died in aircraft crashes.
Bryant, 41, died Sunday when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed into a steep hill near Calabasas, California. The former Los Angeles Lakers star was one of nine people killed in the accident. The crash also killed Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
The first recorded instance of an athlete dying from a plane crash was Cincinnati Reds pitcher Marvin Goodwin, who died Oct. 21, 1925, three days after crashing on a Houston-area airfield. According to newspaper accounts, Goodwin, who had nine years of experience as a pilot and was an instructor during World War I, was injured Oct. 18, 1925, when the plane he was flying went into a tailspin and plummeted 200 feet at Ellington Air Field near Houston.
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