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Vanessa Bryant & Families of Other Crash Victims Agree to Settle with Helicopter Company

Stephen Thompson
Jun 25, 2021
07:40 A.M.
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Vanessa Bryant and the families of the infamous crash victims have agreed to settle with the helicopter company. The crash claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and seven others.


Grief is like living two lives. One is where you pretend everything is alright, and the other is where your heart silently screams in pain. For Vanessa Bryant, living both lives has not been an easy task.

Following a helicopter crash last year that claimed the lives of her husband, Kobe Bryant, their daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven others, Vanessa filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter.

Vanessa Bryant at the the 2018 Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS on November 10, 2018 in Culver City, California. | Source: Getty Images


However, recent news has revealed that Kobe's widow and the families of other crash victims have agreed to settle the lawsuit against the helicopter company. The terms of the settlement remain confidential until finalized.

According to the notice filed on Tuesday in the Federal Court, Island Express Helicopters, Inc., (the company that operated the helicopter), Island Express Holding Corp., (the estate of the pilot who died in the crash), and another unidentified company agreed to settle the claims.

Losing Kobe was a big blow to the world of basketball as NBA players were seen in tears during pre-game warm-ups.


Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant at EIF Women's Cancer Research Fund's 16th Annual "An Unforgettable Evening" on May 2, 2013. | Photo: Getty Images

Vanessa also sued the Los Angeles County department for negligence and invasion of privacy after employees of the department shared images of Kobe and Gianna after they died.


Responding to Vanessa, the county explained that the wife of the icon had no basis to sue the county because there was no public dissemination of the pictures.

They claimed the photos were not posted on the internet and were only seen by government personnel and a friend. The unfortunate crash occurred in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles.


Excluding the basketball icon and his daughter, the other seven members on board were identified as Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Kerri Altobellii, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and the pilot, Ara Zobayan.

According to the Federal Transportation Safety Officials, Zobayan likely experienced an episode of spatial disorientation. He had noticed a marine layer and flew into the fog against federal guidelines, resulting in a crash.

Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, pictured enjoying a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, 2019, California. | Photo: Getty Images.


The Los Angeles County Fire Department received five 911 calls at the time of the horrible incident and released the audio days later. From information gotten from the audio, callers noted they heard a loud noise followed by flames.

A caller explained that he did not see the helicopter but heard a crash. Callers farther away from the crash site revealed they sighted a hill overwhelmed by fire after the impact of the crash.

Vanessa Bryant and her late husband, Kobe Bryant at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA | Photo: Getty Images


Losing Kobe was a big blow to the world of basketball as NBA players were seen in tears during pre-game warm-ups. Kobe was honored at the Grammys, which took place hours after the crash.

Numerous celebrities also mourned the icon via social media. Vanessa was not left out as she took to Instagram to thank those who had been there for her and her family through the trying times.