Kobe Bryant's wife sues Helicopter company

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Kobe Bryant's wife sues Helicopter company

Vanessa Bryant Sues Helicopter Company For Death Of Gianna And Kobe


The widow of late US basketball legend, Vanessa Bryant sues Helicopter

Company for the death of her late husband, daughter, and seven others. The

incident which took place on 26 January took the entire sporting world by surprise.

In the lawsuit, Vanessa Bryant pointed out that the pilot was negligent of the poor

weather condition. 

The lawsuit was filed shortly before the memorial service held in honor of the

deceased in Los Angeles. Kobe and Gianna were remembered in an emotion

pouring memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday. The music

starts Beyonce opened the memorial service with her 2013 hit XO, which she said

was Kobe’s favorite songs. 

Vanessa, in the lawsuit, alleges that Island Express Helicopters put the helicopter

in the air and were negligent of the poor weather conditions. On the day that the

Sikorsky S-76B went down, the fog in Los Angeles was so dense. According to

Joshua Rubenstein, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) spokesperson, the

LAPD grounded its helicopters until the afternoon on the day of the incident. Mr.

Joshua said the department requires 2 miles of visibility and an 800-foot cloud


In the lawsuit, Vanessa also claims the pilot (Ara Zobayan) was flying at a speed

of 180 mph in the dense fog. Although it is unclear what compensatory damages

she is seeking, Vanessa is seeking punitive damages. The pilot also died in the

crash, but Vanessa Bryant also targets Zobayan’s legal perspective, listed only as

“Doe 1” until a name can be determined. 

Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit alleges that Zobayan was negligent in eight different

ways, including failing to properly asses the weather, flying when he wasn’t

cleared, etc.


What We Know About The Helicopter Crash

In his last transmission to the air traffic control, Zobayan said he was climbing to

4,000 feet to get above the clouds. The statement released by the National

Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) showed that the pilot was only 100 feet short

of breaking through the cloud cover when the helicopter banked left and plunged

into the hillside. Although the NTSB hasn’t concluded its report on the cause of the

crash in Calabasas, they have, however, come out to say there was no mechanical

failure. With the policy, a final report isn’t expected for another year. At the time

of this report, Island Express is yet to give out an official statement regarding the

lawsuit. They have, however, stated in January on their official website saying the

shock of the crash had made them suspend all services until further notice. 

As Vanessa Bryant sues Island Express, information has emerged that the pilot in

2015 violated Federal Aviation Administration rules by flying into reduced

visibility airspace. You can always trust us to give you updated with all the

happenings regarding this case.

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