Vanessa Bryant has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the helicopter company, Island Express, responsible for the doomed aircraft that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter, Gianna “GiGi” Bryant.
According to TMZ,
“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. …The lawsuit also says the pilot was going 180 miles per hour in the heavy fog in a steep decline in the moments before it crashed in Calabasas, CA.”
Several witnesses confirmed that there was a lot of fog in the area on the fateful day of Sunday, January 26, 2020. Many only heard the helicopter crash into the hillside in Calabasas with one witness even describing the scene as one in which the chopper disappeared into the clouds just moments before crashing.
The aircraft’s pilot, Ara George Zobayan, requested special clearance to fly after encountering weather conditions that impeded his ability to see clearly. Zobayan was traveling approximately 180 MPH while trying to rise above the clouds. The pilot missed clearance of the hillside by about 20 feet.
Vanessa’s lawsuit accuses both the pilot and Island Express of being reckless since the company was technically not allowed to fly in poor weather conditions. The pilot, according to the lawsuit, failed to properly monitor the weather and abort the trip once he realized the conditions were too dangerous.
Kobe and Gianna Bryant were laid to rest in a private ceremony earlier this month. The celebrity father and his daughter’s public memorial at the Staples Center is today.