Kylie Jenner Frequently Flew In Kobe Bryant's Helicopter, Rented For Dream's Birthday
The tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna -- along with seven others -- has hit close to home for Kylie Jenner, who frequently flew in the chopper, even renting it out for niece Dream's birthday.
Opening up on social media about the basketball star's death, which sent shockwaves around the world yesterday, the makeup mogul revealed she also knew the pilot, Ara Zobayan, very well.
After posting a tribute to Instagram for Bryant, she later shared an image of the other victims from the crash, saying: "that was the helicopter I would fly on from time to time with that pilot, Ara" adding that he was "such a nice man."
According to TMZ, the makeup mogul most recently flew in the doomed helicopter as a present to brother Robert's daughter, Dream Kardashian, on her third birthday.
"Took dream on her first helicopter ride," Kylie captioned a photo of Dream standing in front of a helicopter on her Instagram Story at the time. "Happy birthday baby girl . . . you are a gift.
In a bizarre coincidence, the site of the crash was on a hill behind her sister Kourtney Kardashian's Calabasas home.
Following the fatal crash that killed all eight passengers, a leaked voice recording from the flight tower revealed the pilot had circled an area close to LA Zoo six times at a very low altitude, where he was warned he had been flying too low.
"You're still too low level for a flight flying at this time," the pilot was reportedly told.
The morning of the crash in Calabasas had been extremely foggy with such low visibility that even LAPD air support had been grounded for safety reasons.