WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT FILED BY VANESSA BRYANT – SHE’S CLAIMING PILOT RECKLESSNESS
We knew it was coming, but we just didn’t know when. Now, on the day of his memorial service, Kobe Bryant‘s widow, Vanessa, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that owned the helicopter that crashed on January 26 killing the former Lakers star, his daughter Gianna and 7 others.
Vanessa Bryant’s 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.
“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,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit also says the pilot was going 180 miles per hour in the heavy fog in a steep decline.
Mrs. Bryant’s lawsuit claims the pilot failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff, failed to obtain proper weather data prior to the flight, failed to abort the flight when he knew of the cloudy condition, failed to maintain control of the helicopter and failed to avoid “natural obstacles” in the flight path.