Kobe Bryant and Others Killed in Helicopter Crash


Christian Petersen

Kobe Bryant while playing for the LA Lakers

Taylor Jackson, Staff Writer

Star basketball player Kobe Bryant, and daughter Gianna Bryant, died this past Sunday after flying in a helicopter to Gianna’s basketball game. 

Investigators only have weather to blame for the reason for the crash. There was no black box on the site, so it was assumed by police that the foggy weather that morning caused the accident. Reports stated that the pilot had special permission to fly that morning despite the questionable weather. There was no sign of trouble until a 911 call made after the crash, but air traffic controllers were given no reports of a problem from the pilot. 

TMZ was the first news outlet to report on the crash, while many others followed with inaccurate reports on what exactly took place. This caused Adams seniors Tyler Mcdonald and Luke Willian to “not believe the news at first” and they were “shocked when the report turned out to be true.”

Seven other passengers also died in the crash, including two of Gianna’s basketball teammates, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, along with their parents Keri and John Altobelli, and Sarah Chester. Christina Mauser, a school basketball assistant coach, was also killed along with the pilot Ara Zobayan. All nine casualties have caused mourning across the world for the family of Bryant, and the other passengers. 

Senior Maxine Koos commented on her feelings about the loss after reading Bryant’s poem “Dear Basketball.” 

David McNew
Helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26th

“The poem put a lot of things in perspective for me and showed that we all need to live everyday to the fullest and remind those around us that we love them,” stated Koos.

Many people are reading Bryant’s Oscar winning poem to find comfort in their loss. Prayers across the country have been sent out to the friends and families affected by the crash, as the basketball world lost an icon.