Pilot in Kobe Bryant fatal crash ensured flight booking time was OK before take off


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Officials investigating the helicopter crash, which claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, revealed that the pilot was warned of the weather just hours before takeoff.

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Ara Zobayan assured an anonymous user that the weather “should be OK” in one of several text messages released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Shortly thereafter, he lost control of the helicopter in the fog and crashed into a hill in Calabasas, California.

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Zobayan, Bryant, his daughter Gianna and six other people aboard the helicopter were killed.

Text message exchanges are among the findings released by federal regulators.

Kobe’s widow asks for millions in her manslaughter lawsuit against the helicopter company and the pilot’s estate.

Vanessa Bryant filed suit in February, blaming Zobayan for the accident, claiming there was too much fog for him to fly.

She has since made a claim against the pilot and the Island Express bosses, insisting on her right to hundreds of millions in future lost earnings due to her husband’s sudden death.

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According to documents he filed in early May, Island Express’s Federal Aviation Administration Certificate of Operations did not allow pilots to fly in conditions such as those on the day of the accident. The pilot has already been sued by the FAA in the past for violating this rule.


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