The helicopter was flying at 185 mph when it crashed, according to data from Flightradar24. It was descending at a rate of 4,000 feet a minute.
The helicopter, which Bryant had used for nearly five years, was once owned by the state of Illinois, WGN-TV reported. The Sikorsky-76 was purchased during an auction in 2015, according to Helis, an online aircraft database, and was owned by the state of Illinois from 2007 to 2015 when then-Gov. Bruce Rauner auctioned off the aircraft as a cost-cutting measure.
The helicopter was sold for $515,000, according to the website which includes photos of the interior and exterior at the time. The Island Express Holding Corporation of Van Nuys, California, was the company of record at the time of the crash.
The crash took the lives of Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, John Altobelli, the baseball coach at Orange Coast College, his wife, Keri, their daughter Alyssa, who was a teammate of Gianna’s, Christina Mauser, basketball coach at the nearby Harbor Day School, the school Gianna attended, Payton Chester, a middle school student, Sarah Chester, Payton's mother and Ara Zobayan, the pilot.
The cause of the crash is not known.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.