All 9 victims in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash have been identified
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed in a tragic helicopter crash Sunday. The accident occured in a hillside near Calabassas, California. The passengers were travelling to a basketball game. The helicopter was flying in foggy conditions, which was considered dangerous enough that the local police grounded their helicopters.
Here is a look at the nine people who lost their lives in the crash:
He was an Olympic gold medalist, 18-time NBA All Star and won five championships. Koby was the league MVP in 2008 and a two-time NBA scoring champion. In 2018, Kobe won an Academy Award for an animated short called “Dear Basketball.”
Gianna, who’s nickname was “Gigi,” was Kobe’s 13-year old daughter. Kobe had coached Gianna’s AAU basketball team out of his Mamba Sports Academy facility for the past two years.
John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli and Alyssa Altobelli
John Altobelli was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. His wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa were also on board. Altobelli reported to be a former coach of the Brewster Whitecaps on Cape Cod.
Alyssa Altobelli played on the same basketball team as Kobe’s daughter. In a November Instagram post, Kobe praised her defense in a game.
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I hate seeing my #teammamba girls play against each other. This is GREAT defense by our mamba pg Alyssa Altobelli and a familiar looking fade by our 2gd the #Mambacita
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Christina Mauser was a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, where Kobe’s daughter attended school.
Sarah Chester and Payton Chester
Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, a teammate of Gianna, were on also on board.
The helicopter was piloted by Ara Zobayan. He received his commercial pilot certificate in 2007. according to the FAA.
Friends have identified the pilot as
Ara Zobayan. He taught aspiring heli pilots to fly and was very much loved in the aviation community. They wrote “rest easy as you take your final flight to heaven.”@KTLA #KobeBryant pic.twitter.com/8pQh9eNJTk
— Christina Pascucci (@ChristinaKTLA) January 27, 2020