The families of Kobe Bryant and others who died in a helicopter crash in 2020 have reached a settlement against the helicopter company.
Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, was among those pursuing the succession of pilot Ara Zobayan as well as Island Express Helicopters.
The group filed a notice in court which read: “The plaintiffs and defendants jointly declare that they have agreed to settle their claims in the above-mentioned action”.
No details of the settlement have been revealed and the court has yet to approve the proposed deal.
Nine people died in the accident on January 26, 2020: Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester and Zobayan.
In a report, the National Transportation Safety Board said pilot Ara Zobayan was flying under visual flight rules, which meant he had to be able to see where he was going.
Investigators said the pilot likely became disoriented just before the helicopter crashed and killed Bryant and eight others.
Island Express Helicopters challenged the decision, calling the crash “an act of God”.
The company also filed a counter-suit against two air traffic controllers.