The suit was filed on the same day as a memorial for the victims of the crash.
On Monday, thousands of people came together at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to celebrate the lives of everyone who died in the helicopter crash, including the pilot Ara Zobayan. It’s interesting that Vanessa and her lawyers chose to file the lawsuit on the same day that the memorial was being held, especially since plaintiffs have up to two years to file a wrongful death claim in California.
The pilot is accused of being negligent in multiple ways.
The suit lists eight different ways that Ara Zobayan allegedly failed to ensure the safety of his passengers including:
- Failure to "properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff."
- Failure to "abort the flight when he knew of cloudy conditions."
- Failure to "properly and safely operate the helicopter."
Then there's the mention of a disturbing incident in the pilot's past.
In May 2015, the pilot was cited by the Federal Aviation Administration for violating FAA rules. Basically, he flew into protected airspace around Los Angeles International Airport without permission and during reduced-visibility conditions. According to the FAA report, he admitted that he had made a mistake and "was willing to take any other necessary steps toward compliance."
What's the real point of the lawsuit?
Believe it or not, people are coming down on Vanessa Bryant for suing. She's being accused of being greedy as if she's just doing it to get coin. We're sure she has plenty of money and that the point of the lawsuit is to hold those responsible accountable and to raise awareness so that crashes like this don't happen in the future. If the pilot and the company were not negligent, they will hopefully receive a fair trial and be cleared. If they were negligent, then they should be held responsible.