It has now been established that the late Kobe Bryant and his wife agreed not to fly helicopter together, days before the tragic accident that claimed the life the basketball legend happened.
People.com reports that Vanessa always refused to join her husband when he used helicopters for the convenience of getting around Los Angeles.
A source said Kobe, 41, only ever used Ara Zobayan as pilot. Kobe had previously said that he began using helicopters to get around so that he could avoid the LA traffic. He said this happened while he was playing for Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe had said in the past that he opted for the aircraft because he really want to beat all the traffic and catch up with his beautiful family: “I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing like a school play. “I had to figure out a way where I could still train and focus on the craft but still not compromise family time. “So that’s when I looked into helicopters, to be able to get down and back in 15 minutes and that’s when it started.”
On Sunday, January 26, while heading to his Mamba Sports Academy for a youth basketball match with his daughter Gianna, his private helicopter crashed in the Calabasas mountains, killing all on board, including mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester, girls’ basketball coach Christina Mauser, college baseball coach Joh Altobelli and his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa.
Information from People was also used in this report.