Updated: March 4, 2021
Pilot Ara Zobayan, mother and daughter Sarah Chester and Payton Chester were the remaining three persons killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday along with Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna Onore, college baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobelli as well as Christina Mauser, a girls’ basketball coach.
KTLA’s Christina Pascucci, a licensed pilot, said on Twitter that Zobayan was described as an experienced flyer who taught aspiring helicopter pilots to fly and was very much loved in the aviation community.
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Pascucci said Zobayan was instrument rated pilot and could fly in fog/clouds.
College baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobelli were among those killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday along with Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and 13-year old daughter Gianna Onore, a girls’ basketball coach Christina Mauser.
Altobelli had three children, according to his profile on Orange Coast College’s website. Son J.J., a baseball scout for the Boston Red Sox, daughter Alexis, and daughter Alyssa who died along with him and his wife. Alyssa was a teammate of Gigi on their Mamba Academy basketball team.
Christina Mauser, a girls’ basketball coach was also killed in the crash on Sunday, as well as three other persons who were yet to be identified.
Mauser worked at a private school in Orange County, California. She was among nine people killed when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, according to Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley.
“My kids and I are devastated,” Christina’s husband, Matt Mauser, wrote on Facebook.
“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.”
The Sikorsky S-76 crashed in the hills of Calabasas around 10 a.m. local time, killing everyone on board.