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Published: 17:14, June 23, 2021, Updated: 18:20, June 23, 2021
Settlement reached in suit over Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
By Reuters
Published:17:14, June 23, 2021 Updated:18:20, June 23, 2021 By Reuters

This Jan 31, 2020, photo shows a mural by French artist Mr Brainwash picturing Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi is seen in Los Angeles. (Chris Delmas / AFP)

The families of Kobe Bryant and others who died in a 2020 helicopter crash reached a settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit targeting the late pilot's estate and the company that owned and operated the helicopter.

No details of the settlement were revealed. The court still must approve the proposed agreement

Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, was among those suing the estate of pilot Ara Zobayan as well as Island Express Helicopters filed a notice in court that read, "Plaintiffs and Defendants jointly report that they have agreed to settle their claims in the above-entitled action," multiple media outlets reported.

No details of the settlement were revealed. The court still must approve the proposed agreement.

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Nine people died in the crash near Calabasas, Calif, on Jan 26, 2020: Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester and Zobayan. All were headed to a youth basketball tournament in Ventura County, Calif.

Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report that blamed the crash on pilot error while also criticizing Island Express Helicopters for safety failures. Island Express Helicopters disputed the decision, terming the crash "an act of God."

The company has also filed a countersuit against two air traffic controllers.


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