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Vanessa Bryant Sues Helicopter Company Over Crash That Killed Kobe, Gianna

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<div data-aria-label="Video" data-provider="vidible" data-published="2020-02-24T23:02:44+00:00" data-videovertical="" data-placeholder="//img.vidible.tv/prod/2020-01/28/5e30680de98ab50c842b3026/5e30687dcd3dea26c3f183e5_o_U_v1.jpg?w=1440&h=900&q=60"></div><div><p><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/vanessa-bryant-sues-helicopter-company_au_5e543183c5b66729cf607808">Vanessa Bryant</a> has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters, the operator of the helicopter that <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kobe-bryant-dies-helicopter-crash_n_5e2dec53c5b6d6767fd679ec" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">crashed outside Los Angeles</a> last month and killed nine people, including <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/kobe-bryant-mural-melbourne_au_5e30f951c5b6cd99e7858410">Kobe Bryant</a> and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.</p><p>The suit claims that the pilot, Ara Zobayan, was “negligent” in his operation of the aircraft as he navigated through a heavy fog, and it accuses Island Express of taking unnecessary risk given the circumstances. Zobayan was also killed in the crash.</p></div><!-- start relEntries --><div><h3>Related...</h3><ul><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/vanessa-bryant-tearfully-honors-kobe-bryant-gianna-bryant-at-memorial-ceremony_au_5e5432d1c5b66729cf607b82?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Vanessa Bryant Tearfully Honors Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant At Memorial Ceremony"> Vanessa Bryant Tearfully Honors Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant At Memorial Ceremony </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/kobe-bryant-mural-melbourne_au_5e30f951c5b6cd99e7858410?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Kobe Bryant Honoured With Mural In Melbourne"> Kobe Bryant Honoured With Mural In Melbourne </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/vanessa-bryant-kobe-gigi-nightmare_au_5e42361dc5b6b70887065ebb?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Vanessa Bryant Says Life Without Kobe And Gigi Is A ‘Nightmare'"> Vanessa Bryant Says Life Without Kobe And Gigi Is A ‘Nightmare' </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/jay-z-recalls-last-chat-with-kobe-bryant_au_5e3c84cac5b6bb0ffc0dcc09?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Jay-Z Recalls Last Chat With Kobe Bryant And It's Gut-Wrenching"> Jay-Z Recalls Last Chat With Kobe Bryant And It's Gut-Wrenching </a></li></ul></div><!-- end relEntries --><div><p>“Defendant Island Express Helicopters’ breach of its duty and negligence caused the injuries and damages complained of herein and Plaintiffs’ deceased, Kobe Bryant, was killed as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan for which Defendant Island Express Helicopters is vicariously liable in all respects,” a copy of the lawsuit <a href="https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/story/2020-02-24/vanessa-bryant-kobe-gianna-wrongful-death-lawsuit-helicopter-crash" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">obtained by the LA Times</a> reads.</p><p>A National Transportation Safety Board report <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/new-details-kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash_n_5e3f2958c5b6f1f57f1244b3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">released earlier this month</a> noted that Zobayan, an experienced pilot and flight instructor, had received special clearance to fly in difficult conditions shortly before takeoff.</p><p>The lawsuit says the helicopter was traveling at 180 miles per hour in the moments before the crash, according to a copy of the lawsuit <a href="https://www.tmz.com/2020/02/24/kobe-bryant-wrongful-death-lawsuit-island-express-helicopters-vanessa-gigi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">obtained by TMZ</a>. Failure to properly research and respond to weather conditions constitutes the bulk of the claims.</p><p>The 27-count complaint seeks general damages, economic damages and punitive damages, the Times reported.</p></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

Vanessa Bryant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters, the operator of the helicopter that crashed outside Los Angeles last month and killed nine people, including Kobe Bryant and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

The suit claims that the pilot, Ara Zobayan, was “negligent” in his operation of the aircraft as he navigated through a heavy fog, and it accuses Island Express of taking unnecessary risk given the circumstances. Zobayan was also killed in the crash.

“Defendant Island Express Helicopters’ breach of its duty and negligence caused the injuries and damages complained of herein and Plaintiffs’ deceased, Kobe Bryant, was killed as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan for which Defendant Island Express Helicopters is vicariously liable in all respects,” a copy of the lawsuit obtained by the LA Times reads.

A National Transportation Safety Board report released earlier this month noted that Zobayan, an experienced pilot and flight instructor, had received special clearance to fly in difficult conditions shortly before takeoff.

The lawsuit says the helicopter was traveling at 180 miles per hour in the moments before the crash, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by TMZ. Failure to properly research and respond to weather conditions constitutes the bulk of the claims.

The 27-count complaint seeks general damages, economic damages and punitive damages, the Times reported.

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/vanessa-bryant-sues-helicopter-company_au_5e543183c5b66729cf607808

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