The doomed helicopter pilot who killed Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter, and several others was hailed as the "cutest" man who "made the family of the basketball legend" particularly "attentive."
The remaining three people aboard the helicopter during the fiery crash in California on Sunday were identified as pilot Ara Zobayan and mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester.
Zobayan was an experienced pilot who "taught aspiring helicopter pilots to fly and is very popular in aviation". KTLAs Christina Pascucciwho is also a licensed pilot, said on Twitter.
Zobayan was "rated with instruments," said Pascucci, which meant that he was "rated for flying in fog / clouds" – the conditions that plagued Sunday's flight.
He was also confirmed as a pilot in a series of tweets by a friend of the company who used the Twitter name Bella.
"Rest in peace, macaw. One of the sweetest pilots I've ever met and talked to in the aviation industry. " she tweetedand called him "the cutest, the funniest … he was just amazing."
“I got to know some amazing people and pilots through working for the aviation business. Macaw was definitely one of them, ”she said wrote in another tweet, “Always so nice, talkative and particularly attentive when it comes to Kobe and his family. I have lovesickness."
Mother Sarah Chester and her 13-year-old daughter Payton were also on board, and the girl's brother wrote a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram along with a photo of his lost loved ones.
“Rest in peace for the most amazing mother and sister. I love you Pay Pay and Mom RIP❤️❤️, ”wrote Riley Chester.
All nine on board the Sikorsky S-76, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were killed in the Calabasas crash.
The others were girls' basketball Christina Mauser, college baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli, and wife Keri Altobelli.