The coroner’s office confirmed early today that all nine bodies have been retrieved from the site and “transported to the department’s forensic science centre” for examination.
The bodies of Lakers star Kobe Bryant was recovered alongside the remains of all nine of those involved in the crash.
Bryant’s body was officially identified along with three others using fingerprints, but Medical examiners are yet to officially identify the body of Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna as well Sarah Chester’s 13-year-old daughter Payton; Altobelli’s wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa; and Christina Mauser, a girls’ basketball coach at a Southern California elementary school.
The bodies of pilot Ara Zobayan, baseball coach John Altobelli and Sarah Chester have also been identified.
Zobayan was chief pilot for the craft’s owner, Island Express Helicopters. He also was a flight instructor, had more than 8,000 hours of flight time and had flown Bryant and other celebrities several times before, including Kylie Jenner
Investigators have yet to establish the cause of the crash and have not faulted his decision to press on or explained why he chose to do so.