All Nine Victims Identified In Helicopter Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant
The nine passengers in the fatal Calabasas helicopter crash were identified on Monday.
All nine victims were identified on Monday in the helicopter crash that killed NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Those who were killed include a baseball coach, his wife, and his daughter.
John Altobelli, a beloved baseball coach at Orange Coast College, died in the crash, along with his wife Keri, and their daughter Alyssa. The other victims included Christina Mauser, a former basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, Sarah Chester, and her daughter Payton. The helicopter was piloted by Ara Zobayan, who was also killed.
The Altobellis’ daughter Alyssa played on the same club team as Gianna. Mauser was the top assistant coach of the Mamba girls’ basketball team at the Mamba Academy, where the girls played.
The chopper was headed to a basketball tournament in Thousand Oaks, which Bryant was expected to coach, when it crashed amid foggy conditions, the Los Angeles Times reported. Zobayan was reportedly “instrument rated,” which meant he was rated to fly in foggy conditions, the Independent reported.
Bryant had a decorated 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 2016. He is survived by wife Vanessa and three more daughters.