The entire world is mourning the death of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and the seven other victims.
It’s still unclear what caused the crash but reports suggest that the helicopter took off in foggy conditions, making it hard to see. Even local authorities grounded their helicopters as a result of the dangerous conditions.
Associated Press reports that his helicopter was flying at 184 mph, descending at 4,000 feet a minute when it crashed. Emergency personnel responded but couldn’t make it to the aircraft due to the bushfire it caused.
Initial reports stated that there were only five people involved in the crash, but it turns out there were nine people who lost their lives and they’ve all be identified.
Aside from Kobe and Mambacita’s tragic death, CBS News confirms the following victims were all apart of this tragedy.
Head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, John Altobelli, his wife, Keri Altobelli, and daughter, Alyssa Altobelli, were aboard.
The basketball coach at Gianna’s school, Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, Christina Mauser, was aboard and her husband confirmed the news on Facebook. “My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash,” Matt Mauser wrote on Facebook. “Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much.”
Sarah Chester and her young teen daughter, Payton Chester were aboard. And of course, the pilot, Ara Zobayan, sadly lost his life Sunday morning.