Ara Zobayan Bio – Wiki
Ara Zobayan was the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, California on 26 January killing Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. Along with the Bryants, Zobayan and six other people died in the crash. Three of those have been named as Orange Coast College coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa. Another victim was later named Christina Mauser, a high school coach at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar. As well as Sarah and Payton Chester.
Ara Zobayan Age
He was 50 years old.
Ara Zobayan Died in Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash
Kobe was known to have regularly taken a helicopter to practice during his playing days. Photos from that time showed it adorned in black with the Nike and “Mamba” logos. The helicopter has been owned by IEX since 2015. Kobe continued to rent the helicopter from time to time. Bryant told GQ Magazine in 2010 that the use of the helicopter, taking it to games at the Staples Center, was also for health reasons. Bryant said that the helicopter journey allowed him to be fresh prior to games.
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Zobayan was 50 years old. The Armenian Report has identified Zobayan as being of Armenian descent.
The group was en route to a junior basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy, according to the New York Times.
The helicopter involved in the crash was a Sikorsky S-76, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. The registration was N72EX. That’s the same number shown on the photographs of Kobe’s private helicopter in the past. The helicopter was built in 1991.
In July 2013, Zobayan was featured on Lorenzo Lamas’ episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap” alongside comedian Andy Dick. A Facebook post from Lamas at the time read, “Tune in to ABC this Sunday 8 pm to see Ara and me fly Andy Dick’s baby momma around on ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ lol.”
A friend of Zobayan’s wrote a glowing tribute to the late pilot on Twitter saying, “Working for the aviation business has allowed me to meet some pretty amazing people and pilots. Ara was definitely one of them. Always so nice, talkative and especially attentive when it came to Kobe and his family. I’m heartbroken.”