Island Categorical Helicopters — the company that operated the fateful flight that crashed and killed NBA star Kobe Bryant and eight others, together with the pilot — has acquired $603,838 in CARES Act funding.
The Division of the Treasury revealed an inventory of aviation firms that acquired the payroll help stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, experiences Website Non-public Jet Card Comparisons. The record additionally contains main airways comparable to United, Delta, American, Southwest and JetBlue.
Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, who additionally misplaced daughter Gianna within the Jan. 26 crash, filed a wrongful dying swimsuit towards Island Categorical in LA in February. She alleges that Bryant was “killed as a direct results of the negligent conduct of [the pilot] for which Defendant Island Categorical Helicopters is vicariously liable in all respects.”
Island Categorical reportedly responded in courtroom papers that passengers knew the hazards and dangers concerned with the flight and “voluntarily assume[d] the chance of the accident, damage, and damages.”