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Kobe Bryant's wife 'files wrongful death lawsuit' claiming pilot was negligent – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk

Kobe Bryant's wife 'files wrongful death lawsuit' claiming pilot was negligent – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk

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The wife of Kobe Bryant has filed a lawsuit against the company that owned the aircraft that crashed and led to the tragic death of the LA Lakers legend, daughter Gianna and seven others.

Vanessa Bryant has filed a lawsuit that alleges that the company who owned the Sikorsky S – 90 B helicopter, Island Express Helicopters and Island Express Holding Corp, were only allowed to fly under visual flight rules, and the conditions the day of the crash were not conducive for such flying.

The complaint, heard in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also claims that pilot Ara Zobayan, who also died in the crash, failed “to use ordinary car e in piloting the subject aircraft ”and was“ negligent. ”

The – count complaint is seeking general damages, economic damages, punitive damages and more.

“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, according to the LA Times.

Additionally, it alleges that the pilot was disciplined in for violating the visual flight rule minimums by flying into an airspace of reduced visibility.

Kobe Bryant, with wife Vanessa, during an LA Kings game in

Last month, the New York Times claimed, According to sources, that the pilot did not have the legal authority for that specific flight as the charter company did not have the ne cessary Federal Aviation Administration certification.

Air traffic reports showed that the chopper circled for more than minutes before its final, fatal descent around (miles) (km) from downtown Los Angeles.

LA county firefighters on the scene of the crash

Los Angeles Police Department confirmed in the aftermath of the tragedy that conditions were not suitable for flying when Bryant’s helicopter crashed.

) Foggy conditions blanketed the area and a spokesman for the force confirmed flights from the Air Support division were grounded as a result.

“The weather

situation did not meet our minimum standards for flying, “spokesman Joe Rubenstein said, as reported by CBS. “The fog was enough that we were not flying.”

Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 200, his daughter Alyssa and wife Keri were also among those who died, as were mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester.

Fans outside Staples Center waiting to attend the memorial to celebrate Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna

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