Vanessa Bryant is reportedly launching legal action less than a month after the fatal helicopter crash that killed her husband Kobe Bryant and young daughter Gianna.

According to E! News, attorneys on behalf of Vanessa have submitted a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The lawsuit reportedly argues that Island Express, agents and employees, including pilot Ara George Zobayan, who was also killed in the crash, had a “duty to use that degree of care than an ordinarily careful and prudent pilot would use under the same or similar circumstances.”

The lawsuit also alleges that the Sikorsky s-76 helicopter should not have been flying in the foggy conditions on the day of the crash under visual flight rules and claim that the pilot didn’t undergo proper procedures for flying the aircraft in such weather, according to E! News.

It’s reported that the lawsuit doesn’t list an amount of damages sought by Vanessa Bryant, but claims that she is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Basketball icon Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the pilot were among the nine victims killed in the helicopter crash in California on January 26.

It’s reported that the LA Police Department grounded all of their Air Support Division helicopters on the morning of the crash because “the weather situation did not meet our minimum standards for flying”.


The Washington Post reports that Zobayan has been “approved for what’s known as special visual flight rules”.

News of a lawsuit comes as loved ones, celebrities and fan gather at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles for a memorial service for Kobe and Gianna.