Vanessa Bryant Has Filed Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Helicopter Company, Accuses Pilot Of Being Reckless In Flight That Killed Kobe And His Daughter

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Exactly a month after Kobe Bryant’s death, his wife Vanessa has filed a lawsuit against the company that owned the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and 7 others on board on Sunday, January 26.

According to the lawsuit, Bryant is suing because the aircraft should have never been allowed to fly under the low visibility conditions that day.


Vanessa Bryant has just sued the company that owned the doomed helicopter that crashed, killing Kobe, Gigi and 7 others … claiming the aircraft should never have been placed in the peril it was in before the accident.

The lawsuit alleges Island Express was only allowed to fly under visual flight rules, and the conditions the day of the crash were not conducive for such flying. As we reported, the fog was extremely low and the pilot was in blinding conditions before the mishap.

The lawsuit also takes aim at the pilot, Ara George Zobayan, for being “reckless” and putting those on board in danger.

The lawsuit also says the pilot was going 180 miles per hour in the heavy fog in a steep decline.

The lawsuit also says the pilot, Ara George Zobayan, was disciplined in 2015 for violating the visual flight rule minimums by flying into an airspace of reduced visibility.

While Vanessa is seeking punitive damages against the company, the lawsuit does not list an amount for the damages sought.