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Island Express, Helicopter Company In Kobe Bryant Crash, Sues 2 Air Traffic ControllersThe company that owned the helicopter that crashed, killing Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gigi and seven others is suing two air traffic controllers. The lawsuit filed by Island Express alleging the two air traffic controllers committed a series of “erroneous acts and/or omissions” that caused the Jan. 26 crash in the foggy hills of Calabasas. The FAA says it does not comment on pending litigation. Island Express says they have no further comment. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...
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Very well stated. Ultimately this incident will be assigned to "continued VFR flight into deteriorating weather conditions". The PIC is exactly that.
Lawyers are the greatest parasites on our society. They think personal responsibility and reality are negotiable.
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By bringing the lawsuit aren't they saying they exact opposite of what you are saying? Essentially, the lawsuit is holding people accountable for their actions... thus not negotiable.
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I think Wood is a valid excuse for why the house burned down. but I do agree that if they weren't in the jurisdiction of the air traffic controllers I don't know how much money Island express is going to spend on lawyers to deflect responsibility but it will never be as much as the flight traffic controllers in fighting it.
The pilot in command of that helicopter is the one responsible for the decisions that caused this senseless accident. The comment about lawyers and all their frivolous lawsuits and endless TV commercials is spot on.
No. The role of ATC is to facilitate traffic flow, and to provide traffic and obstacle clearance to instrument traffic in the airspace they control. They will provide "flight following" to visual aircraft in the airspace in question on a work load permitting basis only, meaning they don't have to.
Moreover, below 700 feet the airspace in question is entirely uncontrolled. At the time of the crash the pilot was the only entity with any control...or jurisdiction to control the aircraft. This lawsuit should be summarily dismissed if the judge does a bit of research.
Where will it stop...should the air traffic controllers sue Almighty God for placing a mountain in the path of this helicopter and thus "causing" an accident.