More Sad Details Are Emerging About Kobe’s Accident

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter
Gianna, and seven other people died in a January 26th, 2020 helicopter crash in Calabasas,
California. As with any tragedy like this, the details
were unclear immediately afterward. Here are some things that have come to light
since the fatal crash. There’s been rampant speculation about who
was aboard the helicopter with Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, but Los Angeles County
Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CBS Sports that his department is taking precautions before
revealing their names. He said: “It’d be entirely inappropriate right now
to identify anyone by name until the coroner has made an identification through their very
deliberative process.” The sheriff added that, “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand
that your loved one has perished and you learn about it from TMZ.” Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli,
his wife, Keri, and their daughter, Alyssa, were among the victims, according to ESPN. OCC Athletic Director Jason Kehler said, “John meant so much to not only Orange Coast
College, but to baseball. He truly personified what it means to be a
baseball coach.” CNN reported that Christina Mauser, who coached
girls’ basketball at Harbor Day School in Corona Del Mar, was also on board. Her husband, Matt Mauser, wrote 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.” CNN also reported that Todd Schmidt, principal
at Harbor View Elementary School in Newport Beach, California, seemingly confirmed the
identity of two other passengers onboard the fatal wreck: Sarah and Payton Chester. In a Facebook post, Schmidt wrote that Payton
was a student at the school. He continued: “This family made such a huge impact at Harbor
View…they were genuine, kind-hearted, and caring…to the staff, to other families…and
yes, especially to me. 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.” The pilot of the helicopter has been identified
by the Los Angeles Times as Ara Zobayan, who was also a flight school instructor, according
to Brian Kemp, one of Zobayan’s students. Kemp said: “[Bryant] doesn’t let anyone else fly him
around but Ara.” While the cause of the helicopter crash remains
undetermined, CNN reported that the FBI is involved in investigating the scene, assisting
the National Transportation Safety Board and local authorities. Some observers have speculated that the intense
fog on the morning of the crash may have played a role, but it hasn’t been confirmed as the
cause of the crash. A spokesperson for Los Angeles Police Department’s
Air Support Division, Josh Rubenstein, did tell the Los Angeles Times that their own
department’s helicopters were not flying at the time because, quote, “[the] weather situation
did not meet our minimum standards for flying.” The LA Times also reported that the cause
of the crash is more likely the result of weather rather than mechanical issues, citing
a former pilot named Kurt Deetz, who said: “The likelihood of a catastrophic twin engine
failure on that aircraft, it just doesn’t happen.” Lockheed Martin, makers of the Sikorsky S-76B
helicopter model Bryant and the other passengers were flying in, issued a statement that read,
in part: “Safety is our top priority; if there are
any actionable findings from the investigation, we will inform our S-76 customers.” Addressing his own observations of the conditions
that morning, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait said, “The cloud ceiling was around 1,100 feet at
the time of the crash. The visibility would have been poor even in
fog free areas for the pilot, who was flying between around 1,000 and 3,000 feet.” Much of the news in the 24 hours following
Bryant’s death revolved around public reaction to the shocking tragedy. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement
noting how devastated the whole NBA family is by the news of the death of five-time champion
and MVP award winner Bryant. It read, in part: “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible
when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning,” Michael Jordan was among the many athletes
who paid tribute, sharing in a statement to Sports Illustrated, “I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s
and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. I loved Kobe, he was like a little brother
to me.” Bryant’s former teammate Shaquille O’Neal
also tweeted about the news, writing in part, “There’s no words to express the pain [I’m]
going through with this tragedy of [losing]…Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will
be missed…Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common.” And Laker great Magic Johnson tweeted, “Laker Nation, the game of basketball & our
city, will never be the same without Kobe…We will always be here for the Bryant family.” As shared on SportsCenter’s Twitter, Atlanta
Hawks star Trae Young honored his idol by donning a jersey with the number 8 on it and
personalized shoes for Sunday’s game against the Washington Wizards. The New York Knicks also took a moment of
silence in Bryant’s memory Sunday night, projecting his image on the big screen. Madison Square Garden was lit up in the Lakers’
purple and gold. NBC 4 reported that LeBron James was also
spotted in tears exiting the Lakers’ plane after the news went public. Of course, Bryant’s passing was felt beyond
the hardwood as well, with tennis great Billie Jean King also offering her condolences to
the late superstar. She tweeted: “This is a horrible tragedy. Kobe was one of the best to ever play the
game of basketball. May he Rest In Peace.” Tiger Woods reacted in an interview just after
the Farmers Insurance Open: “It’s unbelievable, the reality that he’s
no longer here.” Former NFL wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted: “I’m sick! Kobe was different man! That’s part of my childhood gone! Legendary athlete and mindset.” Fox Sports analyst and former USC quarterback
Matt Leinart tweeted this tribute with a photo of Bryant with his son, Cole: “Just a few weeks ago. Kobe was my idol. He was so great to cole over the years. Praying for Vanessa and their entire family!!! Just heartbroken.” Nike released a statement as well, extending
its “deepest sympathies” and writing, “He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly. Mamba forever.” That’s, of course, just a small sample of
the outpouring of condolences from the sports community. Former President Barack Obama added his voice
to the chorus of condolences online, tweeting: “Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting
started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking
to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa
and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.” President Donald Trump initially tweeted about
reports of the crash and Bryant’s passing, calling it “terrible news.” He later shared a longer message, writing, “Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly
great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such
strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna,
makes this moment even more devastating…Melania and I send our warmest condolences to Vanessa
and the wonderful Bryant family. May God be with you all!” Kim Kardashian posted a photo of Bryant and
his daughter, Gianna, on Instagram, writing, in part, “My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what Vanessa
is going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot
begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and baby girl. I cry just [thinking] about it.” Khloé Kardashian tweeted: “This can’t be real…there’s no way!!! My heart hurts.” Kris Jenner shared multiple Instagram posts,
including a message directed to Bryant’s wife: “I don’t have the words. Every ounce of my heart is with you, Vanessa.” Kylie Jenner posted on Instagram: “at loss for words right now. praying for this beautiful family.” Kourtney Kardashian posted an Instagram Story
to say: “my heart is with Vanessa and her babies.” Kendall Jenner shared a few tweets, too. She wrote, “sadly, i never personally knew u, but knowing
i’m capable of these emotions for someone i only knew from a far makes me feel more
human than ever. u had the magical ability of bringing people
together, through sports & ur soul. we feel you so heavily today, i know you can
feel us too.” The ladies of The View were also clearly heartbroken
over the loss of Kobe Bryant and Gianna. Whoopi Goldberg tweeted, “RIP Kobe, hero to many including my grandson,
extraordinary athlete and always kind to me & my family. My deepest condolences to his family,” Meghan McCain said, “This is just gut-wrenching…So tragic. Sending strength and love to his family and
loved ones.” Co-host Sunny Hostin wrote: “My God. My prayers for Kobe’s mother, father, wife
Vanessa and for his three daughters. They have lost a son, husband, father, daughter,
granddaughter and sister. I cannot imagine the heartache.” “He was such a proponent for girls in sports,
and women in sports. It just meant a lot to have a former NBA player
saying, ‘Girls can do it too.'” Abby Huntsman, who departed The View in early
January 2020, wrote on Twitter: “Feel sick reading this news. More than anything else, he was a dad to four
beautiful kids. My heart breaks for his family. Life is so precious.” Upon hearing the news of Bryant’s passing,
Ridiculousness mainstay Chanel West Coast shared a touching Instagram tribute, posting
photos of herself alongside Bryant on the set of Ridiculousness, along with a picture
of Bryant smiling with his wife and daughters. West Coast wrote that she is, quote, “beyond
sad” and “cannot even fathom the pain” Vanessa Bryant and Bryant’s family are feeling over
his and Gianna’s deaths. “My heart and prayers go out to your wife
and children and the rest of your family. We lost a TRUE LEGEND today and my heart is
absolutely broken. We all love you Kobe! RIP…God please be with this family and RIP
to his beautiful daughter Gianna. May both of you Rest In Peace together.” West Coast recalled when she finally got to
meet the sports icon and Los Angeles legend on February 12, 2019, when Bryant arrived
on the Ridiculousness set to film an episode of the comedy clip series. The episode saw Bryant engaging in the usual
Ridiculousness antics while reacting to funny videos, but also featured him discussing a
passion project of his: The Wizenard Series, a sports fantasy book series Bryant created
and award-winning fantasy fiction author Wesley King wrote. The Ridiculousness crew pulled out all the
stops for Bryant’s appearance on the show, going so far as to coordinate the set colors
with the red and gold palette of the first installment of the book series, Training Camp. Chrissy Teigen’s reaction to Kobe Bryant’s
death summed up the collective shock so many were feeling. She tweeted, “I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god.” In a follow-up tweet, she added, “Downtown right now and nothing feels more
unimportant than what we are doing today. This is absolutely terrible. Everyone is numb.” Teigen’s husband, musician John Legend, also
posted a heartbreaking tweet as he was gearing up for Sunday’s Grammy Awards, writing: “I’m so sad and stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many
memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon,
Nipsey Hussle. Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe.” The Grammy Awards opened with a moment of
silence for all those killed in the helicopter crash, and messages of support were shared
throughout the uncustomarily heavy evening. Taylor Swift, who wasn’t at the Grammy ceremony,
tweeted: “My heart is in pieces hearing the news of
this unimaginable tragedy. I can’t fathom what the families are going
through. Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences
to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight.” Gigi Hadid shared on Instagram: “This is too much. Rest In Peace and love together, legends. Growing up a Kobe fan brought so much joy
to my life, like so many, and we were all so excited to see sweet Gigi play someday.” Singer Demi Lovato posted an Instagram tribute
that read, in part: “You will [be] so missed by so many. You’re a legend with wings now.” Justin Bieber shared a photo with Bryant on
Instagram, writing: “It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me some of the best quotes that we smile
about to this day.! Love you man!” More tributes are sure to come as more details
about the cause of the crash emerge. We’ll keep you updated as they do.

100 thoughts on “More Sad Details Are Emerging About Kobe’s Accident

  1. Also the Visibility was real bad they grounded the sheriff's helicopter as well,but Kobe had to fly. The pilot was an experienced pilot

  2. but why in hell would they all go in the helicopter with weather like that you would trust one guy with your life never mind your childs life..c'mon now sad but wtf. you wouldnt drive a car in that fog but you would get in a man..

  3. i have no mourn left after prodigy, sean price , nipsey and now kobe , like …..what is there left than a empty feeling an the spirit to move on an on anyways…..humans are fascinating for sure

    We don't need to know the PRIVATE things of any family !
    But it's Ironic how TMZ protect their own Private space .

  5. Reading famous people’s tweets and Bloomberg ads every other minute, are not sad details. I am not impressed with this video. Fail.

  6. Award is not the answer.

    End the Debate with Him.
    The players need to come out and put him above.
    His Life His Deeds His Tragic Death
    He is what Greatness Means.

  7. this tragedy did not have to even happen.  Should have not gone up in that thick fog….hind sight is 20/20 now, but this was SO preventable.  RIP to all the beautiful people that lost their lives Sunday morning – just devastated…

  8. That’s so stupid! We already learned about it from TMZ!!!! What is the sherif waiting on?? They have a list of who flew at least at the airport I’m sure! Plus Kobey Bryant isn’t anywhere to be seen and his helicopter crashe I wonder where Kobey is.

  9. 9 people die in LA the world stops and now there is non stop sorrow on every media outlet to the point that I’m already irritated by it and it’s only been 2 days. When 176 people get shot out of the sky in Iran…It’s forgotten by the end of the week. Where are our priorities? This should wake us up to how pathetic most not all Americans really are and suck as human beings.

  10. Sadly, this was no mechanical error it was simply a misjudgment. The pilot made a unjust decision to fly that day. Fog will clear up in time as we know. I assumed and based on info presented the pilot loss his sense of direction flying to low cause him to hit the mountain. He flew in circles for 15 minutes in fog very dangerous! The impact sent the helicopter spiraling down within seconds. God is not to blame, but Kobe and the rest of others is in the best place possible and that in Jehovah God memory. John 5:28,29 Promise that God will resurrect those who had died into better conditions in the new system here on earth. 🌍

    Some people may believe this and some not. But a perfect example of resurrection that I can explain is this, During the winter seasons trees wither and die, but as soon as spring comes flowers and trees come back to life just as it should every year. So Nothing is impossible for Jehovah. Accurate knowledge of the scriptures would help us to cope with tragedies and comfort one another to those who lost someone in death.

  11. Kobe was killed by the deep state which is all dems and rhinos. it should keep all the stupid people busy grieving one of there gods they worship. i wont even tell you where he is now. he was tied to Jeffery Epstein you will see this soon

  12. don't praise this traitor they sacrificed him and all aboard so you wont see the senate hearings. They have done this many times Clinton's are camps at this

  13. I praise and thank God Almighty. I never met Kobe and his family, nor the other people who died in the crash. We all will die someday, and certainly God never Makes mistakes. I praise and thank God that personally I am still alive, knowing that The Great, Generous One God Will make me die also some day, and my children. I thank God for this opportunity to type some true words about God that I learned from studying God's Holy Book that God Gave to Muhammad. After studying the bible, I was encouraged back in 1984 to study The Holy Book God Gave to Muhammad, called The Quran. I learned that all of us humans are Created by God, and that none of us are God at all, nor are we similar to God or equal to God. I learned that God Is Always With all of us, Hearing us and Seeing us, but we do not see God in this life. I learned that Muhammad, a human as we are, lived about 500 years after God Made Jesus leave the earth. I learned that when dear Jesus was living on the earth, God Gave Jesus a Holy Book, however the bible I read was not the Holy Book that God Gave to Jesus, and I do not know what happened to that Holy Book. God Revealed that Jesus is a very good human man who loved God and obeyed God very much. Jesus never claimed to be God, or the son of God. God Revealed to all His messengers that God does not have children and God Does not have parents. ( I need to leave now to do something but I plan to continue on this comment section if God Grants me the good chance).

  14. This is heartbreaking. It sounds like we lost so many angels. Good people are hard to find. It’s awful when they are called to the arms of God before we are ready to let go.

  15. I just need to know.. did they pass peacefully & fast

    or slow enough they knew they were dying. I need to put myself at peace😩😩

  16. No one cares about these other people . They won't talk about the other seven souls sick people. All about Kobe Bryant no one else . See how sick this world is.

  17. I remember when Kirk Douglas had a helicopter accident as well and it was broad daylight so even though it was foggy when Kobe's helicopter went down you just never know I don't think maybe weather had nothing to do with it it could have just happened.

  18. RIP Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli, Payton Chester, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, Ara Zobayan, and Kobe Bryant.

  19. This was no accident, he was knocked off by somebody. And wheres the condolences for the other 7 ppl? This world is SO screwed up!

  20. Didn't JFK jr do the same thing? Fly into bad weather only to crash? The list goes on. Never seem to learn a lesson that will cost lives.

  21. You can bet what happened here. But

    Pilot we need to turn back,
    Paks, nah we need to get there keep going
    Pilot its to bad need to return
    Paks nah keep going.

    Bang !

    Pics here on the tv this morning show impact forward .
    Just too sad for all onboard.
    Needless loss.

  22. I'm so sorry for all that lost a family member on that crash RIP to all prayers to all our father above called you home

  23. What do you mean just as important ? need to stop This shit! this is a big tragedy all around that hurts for you to even say that ,this very,very sad,,,,,

  24. Hope future pilots can access the status of LA counties status to fly or grounded. And explore the use of FLIR cameras. Sad for the loss of all.

  25. I feel your should get the Air traffic control for letting that up in the air.point blank. They should of told the pilot no and told them to Land That plane.

  26. I just can't takes it anymore I'm soooooooo proud of you Kobe and for you gigi you was one beautiful young lady and for you both RIP I'm soooooooo sorry until I just can't believe it Vanessa and families you will be alright with the help of God mat god bless you all

  27. sorry to say that whoever dies with Kobe Bryant has no privacy. please don't expect nor ask for it. that's not an option for now. will be later. public only mourn for you and the family.

  28. I was so emotional yesterday about this…couldn’t eat. Still can’t today. 😭💔🙏🏽⌛️😓 crying just listening. I hope daddy and daughter are resting in paradise , before shooting a few hoops…🏀🥇🏆🥇🏀

  29. These hero souls don’t really belong in this world.
    They inspire us and pull us up ….before they go on to a better place …where they belong.

  30. For crying out loud. Can we afford the 'other' people as much respect as we're giving to the Bryant's? Sorry, but it just irks me that all outlets keep diminishing their worth 😪 I understand that further in the vid, names are mentioned, but when it starts, it starts with 'others'. Just bothers me 🤷🏽‍♂️

  31. I am sick and tired of hearing about this. Just because he's famous he gets all day 24 hours a day news coverage. Hundreds if not thousands of people men women and children suffer the same fate and don't even get 2 minutes on the news. Hundreds of thousands of men and women children get into accidents and lose their lives on a daily basis and they don't get even a second of notoriety but because he's famous everybody stopping what they're doing what about real people Everyday People that suffer tragic losses like this and get nothing but because he's famous you're going to post in 24 hours a day 7 days a week I think he should be taken down and treat you just like a normal person given 2 minutes of airtime and dropped like he didn't matter.

  32. Big Kobe fan here, but I remember that eerie occult like Mamba commercial years ago. Also, research that vector symbol used on his clothing and shoes.

  33. "Life can change so fast, so unexpectedly. Love when you can, while you can, as much as you can." (Mandy Hale) My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to ALL the families impacted by this horrible tragedy.

  34. Love or hate him. He was a great player!! If you wish to mourn Kobe’s death, then please do so. If you wish to mourn his daughter who barely begun her life, then please do so. If you wish to mourn a member of our military who in no longer here, then please do so. If you wish to mourn a relative you can no longer laugh with, then please do so. If you wish to mourn a child that you lost, then please do so. My point is, mourn whom ever you feel you lost. Life, no matter who you are, comes to an end. Always live as if it’s your last day. Show the ones closest to you, that you love them with all your heart.

  35. This was actually Kobe's fault…he knew the weather was bad and foggy and yet he still boarded that helicopter! He was determined to see his daughter succeed in basketball 🏀, they were flying to recital. The pilot and Kobe and the parent of the other child onboard ALL KNEW BETTER! Shame on them for putting those children in harm's way. Excuse me, but I speak the truth! Amen. ✋

  36. ✨’Pilot’ choose not to use ‘instrument-guidance’ , opted to use his ‘visual-guidance’, flew into Heavy cloud coverage with thick fog & lost his way .🎭✨✌🏼

  37. In loving memory of Kobe Bryant. (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020)

    In loving memory Gianna Bryant. (May 1, 2006 – January 26, 2020)

  38. Let’s be honest, most of you wouldn’t even know about the others who have died if Kobe wasn’t on the helicopter with them so get off your high horses about “everyone”. Many people died that day that weren’t with Kobe, do you know their names? So why pretend you care about these people? It’s tragic but stop pretending your better then the Kobe fan mourning because you want to know the others name. You don’t give a f*ck about their names, you care about patting yourselves on the back.

  39. This should be a lesson, a teaching moment whether it's a helicopter or airplane if there's bad weather or even cloudy stay on the ground and not in the sky. But nevertheless R.I.P Gianna (GiGi), Kobe, and to everyone who lost their lives in that horrific and deadly helicopter crash.

  40. Hi edagdwg thanks for sharing this woman has the right to speak that her family is important as K.B all the people on the plane were important sorry for everyone Linda j peace ❤️ 💯

  41. No time for the race card sad he enjoyed all people no matter who or were they come from a loving mom Linda j peace ❤️ 💯🌈 🌈

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