Vanessa Bryant has filed a wrongful death suit against the company that owned the helicopter her husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven others perished in on January 26.
The lawsuit alleges the following:
Island Express was allowed to fly under visual flight rules in weather that was not conducive for such flying.
- The pilot was going 180 miles per hour in heavy fog in a steep decline moments before the crash.
- The pilot failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff.
- The pilot failed to obtain proper weather data prior to the flight.
- The pilot failed to abort the flight when he knew of cloudy conditions.
- The pilot failed to maintain control of the helicopter and failed to avoid “natural obstacles” in the flight path.
- Island Express engaged in unnecessary and needlessly risky means of transportation under the circumstances.
- The pilot, Ara George Zobayan, was disciplined in 2015 for violating the visual flight rule minimums by flying into an airspace of reduced visibility.
- The helicopter was not safe.
Vanessa Bryant is seeking damages for loss of love, affection, care, society, service, comfort, support, right to support, companionship, solace or moral support, expectations of future support, counseling, loss of financial support, and burial and funeral expenses.