The Sikorsky S-76B luxury helicopter that crashed Sunday killing former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant appears to have been previously flown by reality TV and soap opera personality Lorenzo Lamas — a former star of The Bold and the Beautiful — as recently as September. In addition, the pilot of the downed chopper, Ara George Zobayan, appeared with Lamas on an episode of the reality program Celebrity Wife Swap.
The helicopter with registration number N72EX crashed in heavy fog on January 26, in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas, California, killing Bryant, 41, and all eight others on board, including Zobayan and Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, the chopper was set to land at Hollywood Burbank Airport in Burbank, California, but was forced to circle for at least 15 minutes in a holding pattern by air traffic controllers as they attempted to land other aircraft in the foggy conditions.
On September 19, Lamas posted a photo on his Twitter account of a helicopter with the N72EX registration number clearly visible. That photo can be seen below on this page.
In 2014, according to a HuffPost report, Lamas largely stepped back from Hollywood to begin a full-time career as a helicopter pilot.
"I'm working on my aviation career so that I don't have to think about working as an actor," Lamas, 61, said at the time, as quoted by HuffPost, adding that he felt he was "in control of things" in his aviation career but not in his career as TV actor.