- Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna have been blamed for their own deaths
- Island Express Helicopters claims the duo should have known the risks in flying
- Kobe's wife Vanessa has sued them for damages and negligence
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NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were involved in a helicopter crash earlier this year. The accident took their lives and those of seven others on board.
The icon's death was extremely painful to the entire world especially his wife Vanessa who sued the aircraft’s owner Island Express with the 72-page lawsuit one month after the incident.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the operators have responded to the allegations levelled against them, saying Kobe, Gigi and the other passengers knew the dangers of flying in those weather conditions.
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The chopper flying the 18-time NBA All-Stars champion was reportedly flying at about 184 miles-per-hour in bad weather just before crashing on January 26.
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SunSport reveals that the company and the pilot were described as "wanton, willful, callous, reckless and depraved" in the court document.
Meanwhile, Island Express Helicopters discredits Vanessa's claims against them, saying the foggy weather conditions was an “act of God”.
The firm added that Kobe and 13-year-old Gigi should have known helicopter flying was dangerous.
Their statement reads:
"Kobe Bryant and GB [Gigi] had actual knowledge of all of the circumstances, particular dangers, and an appreciation of the risks involved and the magnitude thereof, and proceeded to encounter a known risk, and voluntarily assumed the risk of the accident, injury.
"Thereby barring or reducing [Vanessa's] claim for damages."
Although, it was not clearly stated how they expected Gianna or anyone else to have known the risks of the helicopter flying on that fateful morning.
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