Family members of the two people who died along with Kobe Bryant, his daughter and four other passengers in the January 26 helicopter crash which also killed the pilot joined the NBA star widow and survivors in filing court papers Monday alleging the wrongful death by the company that owns and operates the aircraft.
The main plaintiff in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit which is still unofficial is Christopher Chester, whose 45-year-old wife, Sarah, and her 13-year-old daughter, Payton, died in the accident. Two of her twin sons who are small are also plaintiffs.
The defendants are Island Express Helicopters Inc., the owner, Island Express Holding Corp, and land owned by the pilot, Ara George Zobayan.
Representatives for the defendants could not be immediately contacted.
In February, Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, the mother of their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, also filed a similar lawsuit against the helicopter company.
The next suit was filed in April by the family of Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter who played basketball Alyssa, and Mamba Academy basketball coach Christina Mauser.
All lawsuits accuse the defendants of negligence in the operation and maintenance of the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter.
The helicopter flew from John Wayne Airport in Orange County to a tournament at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks while crashing into the foothills of Santa Monica in Calabasas and burning, killing everyone inside.