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As more and more details are being uncovered about the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and seven others, there’s going to be more and more statements about who, if anyone, was at fault.

According to TMZ, Vanessa Bryant, the wife and mother of Kobe and Gianna, is suing the helicopter company who employed the pilot of the crashed helicopter. In the report, Island Express employed pilot Ara Zobayan who is accused of being reckless in the flight and considers Island Express liable for what happened.

“The lawsuit claims the pilot failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff, failed to obtain proper weather data prior to the flight, failed to abort the flight when he knew of the cloudy condition, failed to maintain control of the helicopter and failed to avoid “natural obstacles” in the flight path.”

Last week, the LA Times revealed that Zobayan had violated FAA regulations in 2015 for flying into airspace he was not approved to be in during bad weather. Bryant’s lawsuit stated that the helicopter was only to fly under visual flight rules (VFR) and when there’s bad weather, like it was the day of the crash, VFR cannot be used. Zobayan’s 2015 violation also had him using VFR when he wasn’t supposed to due to bad weather.


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