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Vanessa Bryant, Other Families Reach Settlement With Company That Operated Helicopter Involved In Fatal Crash

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Vanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs have settled their lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter involved in the crash that killed Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old Gianna Bryant and seven others last year.

Plaintiffs in the suit included Bryant and her three surviving daughters, John James and Alexis Altobelli, Christopher Chester and his two surviving children and Matthew Mauser and his three children.

The group had previously filed suit against Island Express Helicopters, Inc., Island Express Holding Corp., the estate of pilot Ara George Zobayan and OC Helicopters LLC.

"The material terms of the settlement and releases are known to the settling parties and include that the terms of the settlement are confidential," the court filing states. "The settling parties are currently finalizing settlement documents, which includes the necessary documentation for approving compromise of the minors' claims."

On the morning of Jan. 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter carrying the nine people had departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange County and was bound for Camarillo, with the passengers on board heading to Kobe's Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where Kobe was set to coach Gianna in a tournament game.

However, the helicopter crashed in Calabasas amid heavy fog, killing everyone on board.

On the one-year anniversary of the crash, Bryant remembered her late husband and daughter, sharing a letter she received from one of Gianna's friends.

Also killed in the crash was 56-year-old John Altobelli, a longtime coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team, his 46-year-old wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa, who was a teammate of Gianna's.

Sarah Chester, 45, and her 13-year-old daughter Payton, who also played with Gianna, died as well, along with 38-year-old Christina Mauser, one of Bryant's assistant coaches on the Mamba Academy team.

The 50-year-old pilot, Ara Zobayan, was also killed.

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