Who else died in the helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant? – The Sun

THE helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed into a rugged hillside outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions.

The aircraft plunged into a steep hillside with an impact that scattered debris over an area the size of a football field and killed all aboard. 

Who else died in the helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant?

Among those killed were sports coaches, parents and teenage peers of Bryant's basketball star daughter.

They have been travelling to Bryant's Mamba Academy for a practice session when the helicopter crashed.

Kobe’s daughter Gianna Byrant

Gianna was a budding basketball player who was the second of four daughters of Kobe and his wife Vanessa, 37.

She was a rising star in her own right and was set to take part in a practice session.

One of her team-mates was also said to have been on board the helicopter when it crashed into a hill shrouded in fog 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Gianna was also known as Gigi and had the turn Mambacita on her Insta account.

Assistant coach Christina Mauser

an assistant girls basketball coach at a private school in Orange County, Mayor Katrina Foley of Costa Mesa, California, said on Twitter.

Mauser was the wife of Matt Mauser, singer of the rock and party band Tijuana Dogs, who mourned his wife with a statement on Facebook.

"My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. 

"Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much."

Coach John Altobelli plus wife and daughter  


John Altobelli, 56, was just about to start his 28th season as baseball coach at Orange Coast College, having won his fourth state championship just last year, the college said in a news release on his death.

He was killed along with his wife, Keri, and 13-year-old daughter, Alyssa. 

The family is survived by two other children, son J.J. and daughter Lexi.

Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton

Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton were also passengers aboard the helicopter, according to a Facebook post by Todd Schmidt, principal at Harbor View Elementary School, where Payton once attended.

Paying tribute, he wrote: “While the world mourns the loss of a dynamic athlete and humanitarian, I mourn the loss of two people just as important… their impact was just as meaningful, their loss will be just as keenly felt, and our hearts are just as broken.”

Helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan

Ara Zobayan was the pilot but was an experienced flyer.

Jared Yochim, a friend of the pilot, penned a heartfelt tribute on Facebook, writing: "The pilot flying Kobe and crew today was my friend Ara Zobayan (white shirt and tie). 

"Many of my friends were actually friends with Ara and not just pilots.

"This is the last photo I took with Ara celebrating our friend and fellow pilot Lorenzo Lamas's 60th birthday. 

"It would be the final beer we shared together. Ara was an incredible pilot, instructor pilot, charter pilot and truly a great man."

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