Island Express, the manufacturers of the helicopter which killed Kobe, his daughter and other seven people have been sued by wife of the basketball star, Vanessa Bryant.
Vanessa Bryant has brought a heavy lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters and Island Express Holding Corp. seeking general damages, economic damages and punitive damages. She blamed the helicopter company for her loss and alleged that Island Express was only permitted to fly under visual flight conditions which means that on that day, the bird shouldn’t have been in the air.
The lawsuit states:
“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,”
TMZ details the lawsuit as; the pilot was travelling at 180mph in a steep decline amid the fog. Zobayan (Pilot) failed to monitor and assess the weather before take-off as well as failing to obtain weather data prior to the flight, aborting the flight upon learning of the cloudy conditions and again, failing to avoid “natural obstacles” in the flight path.
In all, Island Express embarked on unnecessary and needlessly risky means of transportation given the conditions. Damages are asked for in the suit for “pre-impact” terror, which regards the emotional distress Kobe and Gianna suffered as the helicopter crashed.