Families of four others killed in Kobe crash launch suit against chopper company after Vanessa Bryant did earlier – The Sun
THE FAMILIES of four of the victims from Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash have reportedly filed for wrongful death lawsuits.
They followed in the footsteps of Kobe's widow, Vanessa Bryant, who hit the chopper company with a lawsuit for "reckless" flying.
The surviving members of the Altobelli family and Mauser family claimed that Island Express's negligence was the reason for the deaths of John Altobelli, his wife Keri, their teenage daughter Alyssa, and Christina Mauser.
According to a series of court documents obtained by The Blast, both families claimed the company was "negligent and careless, in regards to owning, leasing, managing, maintaining, controlling, entrusting, chartering, and operating the (helicopter) was the direct, legal and proximate cause, and were a substantial factor in causing, the deaths" of their family members.
The two families reportedly filed separate but similar lawsuits on the same day at the Los Angeles County Court.
The remaining two Altobelli children and Christina Mauser's husband, her son and 2 daughters, also claimed that by "reason of the careless, negligent, and unlawful acts and/or omissions of the defendants, and each of them…and as a direct consequence of the crash – have sustained wrongful death and survival damages, economic and non-economic damages, funeral and burial expenses, and all other damages."
Back in February 2020, Vanessa reportedly claimed in a lawsuit that the helicopter shouldn't have been put in such dangerous conditions before the aircraft's death plunge killed Kobe, 41, and their daughter, Gianna.
The 27-count complaint claims Island Express was subject to strict visual flight rules and it alleges weather conditions on the day of the tragedy weren't suitable for flying due to low fog, reported TMZ.
Vanessa smacked the company with the suit on the day of Kobe's memorial today, claiming the pilot, Ara George Zobayan, didn't adequately monitor the weather before takeoff.
It alleged he failed to get weather data, he didn't stop the flight even when he learned of the cloudy conditions, and he failed to abort the flight when he knew of the cloudy conditions.
Her suit cites "negligent conduct," claiming Zobayan failed to maintain control of the helicopter and to avoid "natural obstacles" in the flight path of the chopper.
These court documents allege Island Express engaged in reckless transportation that could have been avoided if the necessary safety measures were taken.
It also notes that Zobayan was disciplined five years ago for violating the visual flight rule minimums when he flew into airspace with bad visibility.
These suits come after LA Lakers star – an 18-time NBA All-Stars champion – died in the devastating crash on January 26.
Kobe, Gianna, and Zobayan all died alongside Sarah Chester and her teenage daughter, Payton.
Orange Coast College basketball coach John, his wife Keri, and their teenage daughter Alyssa, were also killed.
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