Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Company Island Express Is Suing Air Traffic Controllers For The Accident

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It’s been a tough year, 2020, a year that took the life of Kobe Bryant and many others. Island Express, the company that operated the helicopter that killed Kobe and eight others, is suing two air traffic controllers who they claim caused the accident. The company claims the controller denied the pilot the use of what it believes is life-saving radar, despite the fact that radar guidance had not yet been lost. It’s obviously not about the money, but if this is something that could have been mitigated, I’m all for justice for the Mamba, his family and friends.


The helicopter company claims the 2 air traffic controllers who were guiding the pilot to Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Academy, Kyle Larsen and Matthew Conley, were asked by the pilot for radar guidance, presumably because of the heavy fog. According to the lawsuit, Larsen responded by saying, “I’m going to lose radar and comms [communications] probably pretty shortly so you can just squawk V-F-R [visual flight rules] and when you get closer go to Camarillo tower.” –TMZ Sports

I’m no air traffic controller, but this sounds like a case of poor communication to me. Which is one of the most important facets of air traffic control. If Kobe, Gianna and the others’ lives could have been spared, then yes, these air traffic controllers deserve a law suit at the very least. RIP, Mamba. Your memory will be eternal.

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