Relative of pilot in Kobe Bryant chopper crash responds to lawsuit, blames passengers, says they knew risks

David Caplan
May 11, 2020 - 10:53 am
Kobe Bryant helicopter crash victims

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Vanessa Bryant has received a response to her wrongful death lawsuit against the pilot who flew the chopper that carried her husband Kobe, their daughter Gianna and 6 others, on that deadly January 26 trip, as well as the helicopter company, Island Express -- and a relative of the pilot is blaming the passengers for their own deaths.

"Any injuries or damages to plaintiffs and/or their decedent were directly caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of plaintiffs and/or their decedent, including their knowing and voluntary encounter with the risks involved, and that this negligence was a substantial factor in causing their purported damages, for which this answering defendant bears no responsibility," responded a family member of pilot Ara George Zobayan, TMZ reported.

The response is surprising and goes against what was previously thought: After all, Zobayan still took off that fateful morning even though the LAPD and other law enforcement agencies in the area grounded their fleet that morning because of fog and poor visibility.

Zobayan was traveling 184 MPH in fog when he crashed into a hill.