The helicopter, which Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were on, crashed because of thick fog in Calabasas. In the last moments of Bryant’s life with him on the helicopter were a baseball coach with his family and 4 other passengers. They did not win with the Los Angeles Lakers and did not win Olympic gold medals, but for their loved ones they were the whole world.
“Coach Alto” – so-called by his students, was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College. He enjoyed great respect among his colleagues, and his students simply adored him. He was dedicated to his favorite work for 27 years and did not intend to stop, but fate had other ideas.
He, along with his wife Keri and 13-year-old daughter Alyssa, were on the helicopter that crashed. Alyssa, who played on a team with Kobe Bryant’s daughter, was very disciplined, purposeful, and passionate about sports. The only member of the Altobelli family not on the helicopter was the eldest daughter, Alexis, for whom Sunday became the worst day of her life.
The following Tuesday after the disaster, his team opened a new sports season without their mentor. That’s what Coach Alto would like: that life and play don’t stop for a second. His students presented him with a farewell gift, winning by a score of 8: 1. The T-shirts with the number 14, in which all the players were dressed in memory of the coach, probably brought them luck.
Other victims included Gianna’s friend on the basketball team Payton Chester and her mother, Sarah. Also, there were helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan, as well as assistant basketball coach Christina Mauser.
The Sikorsky S-76 crashed on a hillside and caught fire. According to Flightradar24, it was flying at a speed of about 160 knots and declining at a speed of more than 1200 meters per minute when it crashed. Investigators will examine, among other things, the pilot’s biography, helicopter maintenance history, and flight records.