The name of the pilot who was riding the helicopter in which legendary basketball player died in on Sunday, 26/01/2020 has been released.
The helicopter which crashed and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas was being ridden by Ara Zobayan.
TMZ reports that the flight tracker data shows Kobe’s chopper appeared to first encounter weather issues as it was above the L.A. Zoo.
It circled that area at least 6 times at a very low altitude — around 875 feet — perhaps waiting for the fog to clear.
Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people were confirmed dead.
At around 9:40 AM they encounter heavy fog and the chopper turned south. This was critical because they turned toward a mountainous area.
The pilot suddenly and rapidly climbed from about 1200 feet up to 2000 feet.
However, moments later — around 9:45 AM — they flew into a mountain at 1700 feet. Flight tracker data shows they were flying at about 161 knots.
Below are photos of everyone who died in the crash.
1. Kobe Bryant
Kobe passed away alongside his second born daughter Gigi in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
2.Gianna Bryant alias Gigi
Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant, tragically passed away alongside her father Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday night.
3. John Altobelli was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
His wife Keri and one of their daughters Alyssa were also on board. Alyssa was one of Gianna’s basketball teammates.
4. Sarah Chester and her teen daughter Payton were also killed when the Sikorsky S-76 flew into the hillside and burst into flames.
5. Pilot Ara Zobayan was also killed.
6. Christina Mausser