Vanessa Bryant Seeking Extensive Damages From Helicopter Company For Crash That Killed Kobe & Gianna Bryant
Vanessa Bryant is seeking extensive damages from Island Express Helicopters whose pilot, Ara Zobayan, was flying the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant when it crashed. Six other passengers along with Zobayan perished in the January 26 crash.
On Monday, Bryant submitted a case summary to the Los Angeles Superior Court that details the damages she is seeking.
The documents state the family has lost “hundreds of millions” in future earnings due to Kobe’s unexpected death. The documents do not specify the exact amount Bryant is pursuing in damages.
The document reads, “As a result of Kobe Bryant’s and GB’s deaths, Vanessa Bryant seeks economic damages, non-economic damages, prejudgment interest, punitive damages, and other relief as the Court deems just and proper.”
It continues, “Although the total specific amount of personal injury damages that Plaintiff seeks is TBD, Kobe Bryant’s future lost earnings equal hundreds of millions of dollars.”
Bryant, who initially filed the lawsuit in February, is also seeking a jury trial. She claimed in February that Zobayan “failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff,” “failed to abort the flight when he knew of the cloudy conditions,” and “failed to properly and safely operate the helicopter resulting in a crash.”
Attorneys representing Island Express Helicopters responded in May arguing that Kobe and Gianna “had actual knowledge of all of the circumstances, particular dangers, and an appreciation of the risks involved and the magnitude thereof” of riding the helicopter.