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Tourists and fans descend on Calabasas hillside to view where Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashed

Tourists and sports fans have flocked to the Calabasas hillside where Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other people died in a Sunday helicopter plain crash – prompting increased patrols of the area by local law enforcement.

Linda Adams, a 30-year resident of the neighborhood, has been directing fans to a shortcut between Las Virgenes Creek and Las Virgenes Road. 

The shortcut has saved would be travelers at least a mile in their trek, something she feels is helping ease congestion in the area.  

As authorities worked to recover bodies on Sunday and Monday, droves of tourists and fans made their way to look at the site

Some had cameras while others could be seen with binoculars. One woman lays flowers at a memorial for crash victim Christina Mauser on Tuesday

Some had cameras while others could be seen with binoculars. One woman lays flowers at a memorial for crash victim Christina Mauser on Tuesday

‘You want to be helpful since so many people are not from the area,’ she explained to the Los Angeles Times.

Adams said of Bryant: ‘He’s a special player and I feel like so many us grew up watching him or watched him grow up either on television or through tickets. He’ll be missed.’

As authorities worked to recover bodies on Monday, droves of tourists and fans made their way to look at the site. Some had cameras while others could be seen with binoculars. 

Thousands flocked to the area on Sunday and while the area was not as crowded on Monday, there were still large crowds gathered in the area. 

Thousands flocked to the area on Sunday and while the area was not as crowded on Monday, there were still large crowds gathered in the area

Thousands flocked to the area on Sunday and while the area was not as crowded on Monday, there were still large crowds gathered in the area

Linda Adams, a 30-year resident of the neighborhood, has been directing fans to a shortcut that saves them a mile when trying to see the crash site. Officers patrol the area on horseback to deter them

Linda Adams, a 30-year resident of the neighborhood, has been directing fans to a shortcut that saves them a mile when trying to see the crash site. Officers patrol the area on horseback to deter them

Adams has also been sending folks to the Juan Bautista de Anza Park so that they can pay their respects their as well. 

Andi Clark, a 70-year-old childhood friend of Adams’, had joined the woman in trying to get close to the area before they were turned away by sheriff’s deputies. 

‘I wouldn’t have even been here without Linda,’ Clark said. ‘She knows all the spots.’ 

Besides onlookers, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies were seen on horseback having to also ward off potential looters in the hills

Besides onlookers, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were seen on horseback having to also ward off potential looters in the hills

Besides onlookers, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were seen on horseback having to also ward off potential looters in the hills.

The mounted deputies and other emergency personnel were seen at the remote hillside as coroners worked to recover the remains of the crash victims on Monday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva warned on Monday that it will be ‘a misdemeanor for anyone to unlawfully access the crash site.’   

In addition the 41-year-old and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, the crash devastated three other families linked to the Mamba Sports Academy on their way to a girls’ basketball tournament: a husband and wife with their 13-year-old daughter; a mother and her 13-year-old daughter; and a basketball coach who was also a mother.

Adams said of Bryant: 'He's a special player and I feel like so many us grew up watching him or watched him grow up either on television or through tickets. He'll be missed'

Adams said of Bryant: ‘He’s a special player and I feel like so many us grew up watching him or watched him grow up either on television or through tickets. He’ll be missed’

All nine people on board the aircraft, including the former NBA superstar and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, pictured, died in the Sunday crash

All nine people on board the aircraft, including the former NBA superstar and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, pictured, died in the Sunday crash

The ninth victim was the pilot, Ara Zobayan, an experienced former flight instructor who was instrument-rated, or qualified to fly in fog, according to multiple U.S. media accounts.

Zobayan, 50, was flying the aircraft when it reportedly plummeted nearly 500 feet in 15 seconds before crashing and killing Bryant, 41, his daughter, Gianna, 13, John Altobelli, 56, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa.

The crash also killed Payton Chester and her mom, Sarah, as well as Christina Mauser.

Zobayan was a licensed commercial helicopter pilot of 12 years, certified flight instructor of two years and a ground instructor of 11 years, according to federal aviation records.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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