The Helicopter Crash of Kobe Bryant


Caden Oh

At 9:47 AM, the Fire Department of Los Angeles, got a call that someone saw a helicopter crash in a field in Calabasas, which started a small brush fire. It took the fire department 8 minutes to arrive, and it took over an hour to put out the fire. The helicopter probably crashed due to foggy weather in Calabasas, but the crash is still under investigation. It has been reported that the helicopter was allowed to go during the foggy conditions that day, even though Los Angeles police helicopters were grounded.

Also, there was no blackbox in the chopper. There were nine people in the helicopter, and no survivors. On board, was 41- year-old basketball legend, Kobe Bryant; his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna; 56-year-old Pirates ex-coach, John Altobelli, his 46-year-old wife, Keri Altobelli, and their 13-year-old daughter, who was also in the Mamba Academy, Alyssa Altobelli; a 38-year-old woman who was the top assistant coach for the Mamba Academy, Christina Mauser; the pilot and a helicopter instructor, Ara Zobayan;  a 45-year-old mother, Sarah Chester, and her 13-year-old daughter, who also played on Gianna’s team, Payton Chester.  All 9 people were in that crash, and none of them can ever go back to their families.

The Altobelli’s have another 2 kids besides Alyssa. Their eldest child, John Edward Altobelli, who also goes by J.J. and their middle child Lexi Altobelli, have been left orphaned, and friends have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for them. Also, the Chesters have their father, Chris Chester, and their two 16-year-old sons, Hayden and Riley. They also have a GoFundMe page. Their pilot, Ara Zobayan, was a helicopter pilot and instructor, who loved his job.

This tragedy has touched many people’s hearts and many people at Buena Park Junior High knew or met some of these people on board.