Sarah Chester, Payton Chester among 9 Killed in Helicopter Crash in Calabasas
Calabasas, California (January 27, 2019) – Sarah Chester, 45, and her daughter, Payton Chester, 13, were among nine people killed Sunday morning when a helicopter crashed in Calabasas.
The deadly crash took place at about 9:47 a.m. Sunday, January 26 in the 4200 block of Las Virgenes Road, just approximately 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Authorities said Sarah Chester, Payton Chester and seven others were heading to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks when their 1991 Sikorsky S-76b helicopter crashed into a rugged hillside and burst into flames.
There were no survivors aboard the Sikorsky S76 helicopter.
Los Angeles Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant were also aboard the helicopter.
Others aboard the helicopter were Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli, 56. His wife Keri Altobelli, and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli.
Christina Mauser also died in the crash. She was an assistant girls basketball coach at the private Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar.
The helicopter pilot was identified as Ara Zobayan.
The helicopter was built in 1991. It was registered to Island Express Holding Corp.
Bryant was a five-time NBA champion in a career that started in 1996 straight out of a high school and lasted until his retirement in 2016.
It is undetermined if foggy conditions contributed to the crash.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.