Kylie Jenner’s Connection to the Pilot in Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Crash

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kylie Jenner on the red carpet in 2016

Kobe Bryant’s life was lower brief on Sunday, Jan. 26 when he died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. He and eight others had been en path to a close-by metropolis for a basketball event when the chopper smashed right into a hillside and caught fireplace. The accident killed all 9 passengers.

The information sparked 1000’s of tributes on social media, with many celebrities talking out and paying their respects. Among them was Kylie Jenner, who mourned the pilot and mentioned she knew him personally.

Kylie Jenner on the red carpet in 2016
Kylie Jenner on the pink carpet in 2016 | Michael Stewart/WireImage

Who was the pilot in Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash?

The pilot on the reins of the deadly Sikorsky S-76B has been recognized as Ara Zobayan, 50. He was an skilled flier who was very acquainted with Los Angeles and the encompassing areas. Zobayan reportedly acquired his business license in 2007 and had raked in additional than 8,000 flight hours earlier than the accident.

He was recognized to fly celebrities round, together with NBA star Kawhi Leonard.

Outside of labor, sources described Zobayan to CNN as an “affable and exacting” particular person.

“He was kind of a mild-mannered guy,” mentioned Zobayan’s neighbor Angie LaPorte. “Always pleasant but never super talkative.”

“There’s a reason that people wanted to fly with him,” pilot Jared Yochim added. “He was just a cool, calm guy.”

On Jan. 26, Zobayan, Bryant, and 7 others left Orange County and headed to Thousand Oaks, California for the sport. The chopper reportedly encountered a thick fog after it took off and crashed a short while later.

As of writing, investigators are nonetheless making an attempt to find out the precise reason for the accident.

Kylie Jenner’s post concerning the helicopter crash

Shortly after the information of the accident surfaced, the Kylie Cosmetics star posted a touching tribute to her Instagram Story. She shared a photograph that included every of the sufferer’s faces and despatched her condolences to the households affected by the crash.

“Rest in peace … and prayers to these families,” Jenner wrote (by way of Us Weekly). “I still can’t believe this.” That was the helicopter I’d fly on occasionally with that pilot, Ara. He was such a pleasant man. Hold your family members shut.”

Zobayan reportedly flew Jenner and her niece Dream Kardashian round California again in November 2019. Jenner detailed the second in a number of posts shared to her social media pages.

Kylie Jenner’s post created drama

Blac Chyna, who shares Dream with Rob Kardashian, allegedly had no concept that Jenner took her daughter on the helicopter journey — and was pissed to listen to that she did so with out asking her.

On Jan. 28, Blac Chyna’s lawyer, Lynne Ciani, shared an announcement with Entertainment Tonight on her consumer’s behalf that mentioned:

“Chyna has become aware that Kylie Jenner is using the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his beautiful daughter, and seven other precious souls to profess her ‘distress’ that she and Dream had ridden on the same helicopter with the same pilot prior to Sunday’s horrific crash.”

“What Kylie failed to disclose was that Chyna never gave Kylie permission to take her precious daughter Dream on a helicopter ride and that Chyna never would have given Kylie that permission.”

“No parents should find out after-the-fact that their child has participated in a dangerous activity without their permission. Chyna was distraught to learn that Kylie had taken Dream on that helicopter ride in November 2019. [She] voiced her strong objections to Rob [Kardashian] and insisted that it never happen again. Chyna sends her heartfelt prayers and condolences to all of the families impacted by yesterday’s tragedy.”


Hopefully, everybody can preserve the peace in such a horrific second. This absolutely isn’t the time for any drama.

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