Vanessa Bryant settles lawsuit with helicopter firm in Kobe Bryant crash
Vanessa Bryant and other family members have reached a settlement with the firm that operated the helicopter that crashed last year, killing Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others.
Bryant and her three surviving girls, John James and Alexis Altobelli, Christopher Chester and his two surviving children, and Matthew Mauser and his three children were among the plaintiffs in the claim.
Island Express Helicopters, Inc., Island Express Holding Corp., the estate of pilot Ara George Zobayan, and OC Helicopters LLC have already been sued by the organization.
“The settling parties are aware of the material conditions of the settlement and releases, which include that the terms of the settlement remain private,” the court filing reads.
“At this time, the settling parties are completing settlement agreements, which contain the essential documentation for approving the minors’ claims being compromised.”
A Sikorsky S-76B helicopter carrying the nine passengers took off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County on January 26, 2020, destined for Camarillo, with the guests on board traveling to Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where Kobe was scheduled to coach Gianna in a tournament game.
The chopper, however, crashed in Calabasas in dense fog, killing everybody aboard.
John Altobelli, 56, a veteran coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team, his 46-year-old wife Keri, and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa, who was a teammate of Gianna’s, were all killed in the collision.
Sarah Chester, 45, and her 13-year-old daughter Payton, who also played with Gianna, perished in the crash, as did Christina Mauser, 38, one of Bryant’s Mamba Academy assistant coaches.
Ara Zobayan, a 50-year-old pilot, was also murdered.