Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was among the nine people onboard that were killed in the crash.
The luxury Sikorsky S-76B helicopter was once owned by the state of Illinois, the telegraph reported. The helicopter was built in 1991, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s aircraft registry.
Sikorsky is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, an American defense contractor. The state of Illinois used the helicopter from 2007 to 2015, according to helicopter information database Helis.
Under the direction of former Gov. Bruce Rauner, the state sold the helicopter along with four other surplus aircraft in 2015 for $2.5 million. Rauner said selling the aircraft “also avoided an additional $1 million in inspections and repairs,” according to an Associated Press story after the sales.
The winning bid for the helicopter was $515,161, placed by user “Jimbagge1,” according to a listing on the state’s online auction website, iBid. Both the aircraft and its two engines had just under 4,000 hours of airframe time when the copter was sold.
At the time of the crash, the registered owner of the helicopter was Island Express Holding Corp of Van Nuys, California, which registered it a month after it was won at auction.
The state of Illinois previously attempted to sell the helicopter in 2014, but receives zero bids, according to that auction’s iBid listing.
Bryant, 41, played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016. He won five NBA championships, the Most Valuable Player award in 2008 and appeared in 18 all-star games.