Shocking drone footage shows Kobe Bryant crash site

Shocking new images show the extent of devastation at the helicopter crash site where Kobe Bryant and eight others died on Sunday.

Drone images released on Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board show pulverized wreckage of the chartered Sikorsky S-76B strewn across the hillsides of Calabasas, California.

The swath of devastation cuts across more than 500 feet of underbrush, officials said, with the aircraft totally obliterated and charred.

NTSB investigators are seen processing the wreckage as part of the federal agency's investigation into why and how the the fatal crash occurred.

The site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others is seen in a screen grab from drone footage

The site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others is seen in a screen grab from drone footage

An investigator is seen wearing a green jacket in the upper left corner at the debris field in Calabasa, California

An investigator is seen wearing a green jacket in the upper left corner at the debris field in Calabasa, California

A piece of the tail section of the helicopter is seen amid the wreckage

A piece of the tail section of the helicopter is seen amid the wreckage

On Friday, authorities said that the veteran pilot had tried to avoid fog so heavy that it had grounded police choppers.

But even experienced pilots may have only seconds to act when they are blinded by weather, an expert said as investigators began scouring the wreckage for clues to Sunday morning´s crash.

The NBA postponed the Los Angeles Lakers' next game, against the Clippers on Tuesday night, after the deaths of the 41-year-old retired superstar and the other victims.

While the investigation into the cause of the crash was just beginning and crews were still working to recover the bodies, experts and armchair pilots alike flooded social media and the airwaves with speculation, some of them suggesting that the pilot had become disoriented in the dense fog that had settled along part of the flight path.

The chartered Sikorsky S-76B was a luxury twin-engine aircraft often used by Bryant in traffic-jumping hops around the notoriously congested LA area. It was heading from John Wayne Airport in Orange County to Camarillo Airport in Ventura County when it crashed in Calabasas.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and the other passengers were heading to Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy, a youth sports center in Thousand Oaks where Gianna was going to play in a basketball tournament.

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna (right) were killed in the crash. His is seen above with his wife and other kids

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna (right) were killed in the crash. His is seen above with his wife and other kids

Investigators say that the debris field is spread over roughly 500 square feet of the hills in Calabasas

Investigators say that the debris field is spread over roughly 500 square feet of the hills in Calabasas

An NTSB investigator examines the wreckage as the agency tries to piece together what happened

An NTSB investigator examines the wreckage as the agency tries to piece together what happened

An investigator works at the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others

An investigator works at the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others 

Debris is seen as the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others in a screen grab taken in Calabasas

Debris is seen as the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others in a screen grab taken in Calabasas

There were no survivors in the horrific crash, which left a twisted pile of charred wreckage behind

There were no survivors in the horrific crash, which left a twisted pile of charred wreckage behind

An investigator works at the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others

An investigator works at the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others

Also killed were John Altobelli, 56, longtime head coach of Southern California's Orange Coast College baseball team; his wife, Keri; and daughter, Alyssa, who played on the same basketball team as Bryant's daughter; and Christina Mauser, a girls' basketball coach at a Southern California elementary school.

The Orange Coast baseball team planned a tribute to its coach before its season opener Tuesday afternoon.

The pilot, Ara Zobayan, was chief pilot for the craft´s owner, Island Express Helicopters. 

He also was a flight instructor, had more than 8,000 hours of flight time and had flown Bryant and other celebrities several times before, including Kylie Jenner.

The pilot, Ara Zobayan (pictured), 50, was the chief pilot for the aircraft's owner, Island Express Helicopters

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He had more than 10 years experience and had logged more than 8,000 flight hours

The pilot,

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