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.

One thing to note is that the pilot tried all he could before the plane crashed.

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.

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Kobi Bryant
Wreckage of Kobe Bryant’s private chopper

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.

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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.

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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.

Mr John Altobelli (in glasses) His wife (right and daughter (left ) they died in the crash alongside Kobe Bryant
Mr John Altobelli (in glasses) His wife (right and daughter (left ) they died in the crash alongside Kobe Bryant

4. Sarah Chester and her teen daughter Payton were also killed when the Sikorsky S-76 flew into the hillside and burst into flames.

Sarah and Chester Payton,they died alongside Kobe Bryant

5. Pilot Ara Zobayan was also killed.

 Ara Zobayan,
Ara Zobayan,Pilot who was riding the helicopter that crashed with Kobe Bryant.

6. Christina Mausser

Christina Mausser in a past photo,she died alongside Kobe Bryant after their helicopter crashed.

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