Things are starting to get really nasty just months after the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and several other passengers as they made their way to the Maba Academy.
TMZ Sports reported that Island Express, who is the company that owns the doomed helicopter, claims that Kobe and Gigi knew flying could ultimately result in their own deaths and because of that, Vanessa Bryant has no case.
“So, here’s how it breaks down. Island Express says in its answer, “Kobe Bryant and GB [Gigi] had actual knowledge of all of the circumstances, particular dangers, and an appreciation of the risks involved and the magnitude thereof, and proceeded to encounter a known risk, and voluntarily assumed the risk of the accident, injury … thereby barring or reducing [Vanessa’s] claim for damages.”
Island Express never explains how a 13-year-old girl appreciates such risks, and while we’re on the subject, did anyone know helicopters are so dangerous that passengers who dare to board do so at their own peril? If that’s the case, how come Island Express didn’t have a big sign in front of the helicopter?”
Island Express also stated that they are not responsible for the crash because it was ultimately an act of god due to the blinding fog.
The pilot was said to be going 184 MPH when he struck the hillside in Calabasas, California.
Island Express blamed the crash on the passengers and stated the lawsuit should be thrown out because they were negligent.
“And, there’s more. Island Express said the accident was the result “of an unavoidable accident.” Turning the helicopter around before going into the fog, or going very slow as the pilot ascended or descended might have made it avoidable.
Island Express says helicopter flying is “inherently dangerous” and someone like the pilot should have told them, but it’s not the company’s responsibility.”
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