Vanessa Bryant Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Helicopter Operator

Bryant sued the company that operated the helicopter involved in her husband Kobe Bryant’s death last year

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Vanessa Bryant has reached a settlement with the helicopter company involved in the death of her husband, NBA star Kobe Bryant, and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna last year.

According to court documents filed on Tuesday, Bryant and the families of the other victims of the same helicopter crash have settled their respective wrongful death lawsuits against Island Express Helicopters. Bryant’s original filing also named the estate of pilot Ara Zobayan as a defendant, and the estate was listed as one of the parties to the settlement on Tuesday.

Terms of the agreement are being kept confidential.

Bryant filed the wrongful death lawsuit last January, arguing that Zobayan and Island Express failed “to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft” and were negligent, leading to the crash that killed her husband, their daughter and seven others on Jan. 26, 2020.

The two others lawsuits were filed by the children of John and Keri Altobelli, who died in the crash along with their daughter Alyssa, and the family of Christina Mauser, who also died in the crash.

Back in February, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended stricter safety measures for helicopter charters and more training for pilots like Zobayan, who they said carried on recklessly despite bad weather conditions.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.


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