Kobe Bryant dead, private Sikorsky S-76 down

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Re: Kobe Bryant dead, private Sikorsky S-76 down

#101 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:07 pm

I meant former... i.e. medical ops in heli's etc.
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#102 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:24 pm

More legal action...
Kobe Bryant’s widow is suing the owner of the helicopter that crashed in fog and killed the former Los Angeles Lakers star and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, last month.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant in Los Angeles on Monday said the pilot, Ara Zobayan, was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions and should have aborted the flight. Zobayan was among the nine people killed in the crash.

The lawsuit names Island Express Helicopters Inc and also targets Zobayan’s legal representative, listed only as “Doe 1” until a name can be determined. Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit asserts that Zobayan was negligent in eight different ways, including failing to properly assess the weather, flying into conditions he wasn’t cleared for and failing to control the helicopter.
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/ ... pter-crash
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#103 Post by Boac » Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:20 pm

It is re-assuring and memory-triggering to occasionally glance at the thread in Rotorheads on TOP, where, despite the efforts of a mod to 'control' the dross, there is still constant introspection on what colour underpants the pilot may have been wearing or some other trivia (although the particular shade at the end of the sortie is not in doubt.) It reminds me why I am pleased to be allowed to roam here.

The guy crashed, killing himself and his pax. No recorders, nada. End of.

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Re: Kobe Bryant dead, private Sikorsky S-76 down

#104 Post by FD2 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:09 pm

Neatly summed up Boac. Now up to 750+ posts of opinion, speculation, argument and insult on TOP...and the NTSB findings are still to be released. It will start the shouting all over again when it is, because I don't think the NTSB will find a positive cause for the crash. No CVR, no FDR, probably nothing to be gleaned from the wreckage, so most likely nothing but speculation, which some expensive shysters, sorry, lawyers can get their teeth into.
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Re: Kobe Bryant dead, private Sikorsky S-76 down

#105 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:50 am

FD2 wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:09 pm
Neatly summed up Boac. Now up to 750+ posts of opinion, speculation, argument and insult on TOP...and the NTSB findings are still to be released. It will start the shouting all over again when it is, because I don't think the NTSB will find a positive cause for the crash. No CVR, no FDR, probably nothing to be gleaned from the wreckage, so most likely nothing but speculation, which some expensive shysters, sorry, lawyers can get their teeth into.
And the lawyers are very busy...

http://www.avweb.com/flight-safety/acci ... ant-crash/

Island Express Helicopters has filed a lawsuit alleging that two air traffic controllers are responsible for the crash of a company Sikorsky S-76B helicopter that killed retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and eight others last January. The cross-complaint asserts that the accident was caused by “a series of erroneous acts and/or omissions” committed by the controllers, including a “… failure to properly communicate termination of radar flight following … incomplete position relief briefing, and … lack of knowledge of current weather conditions.” It further claims that a controller contributed to the crash by “monopolizing the Pilot’s attention during the critical phase of the flight by making multiple radio calls, requiring transponder ident, and requesting the Pilot to state where he was and what his intentions were.”


Island Express’ lawsuit (PDF) was filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The individuals listed in the filing are employed by the FAA as air traffic controllers at the Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON). To date, four lawsuits related to the accident have been filed against Island Express, including one by Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, which alleges negligence by the pilot for flying in unsafe weather conditions.

As previously reported by AVweb, Island Express holds a Part 135 operating certificate for on-demand, VFR-only operations. A preliminary report (PDF) released by the NTSB last February stated that no evidence of mechanical failure had been found in the crash, which occurred on Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, California. It further noted that visibility was poor in the area of the accident due to low clouds and mist. According to the report, the pilot had requested and received a special VFR clearance. The final NTSB accident report has not yet been issued.
I think Island Express are grasping at straws here.
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