Bryant’s widow sues helicopter company over fatal crash

first_img Promoted Content10 Big Movie Stars Who Got Famous Thanks To Soap OperasTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Best Cars Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be Solved10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa filed a lawsuit on Monday against the operators of the helicopter that crashed on January 26, killing the NBA icon and eight others. The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on the same day that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the other seven crash victims were memorialized in a public ceremony at the Staples Center. Fans arrive to attend the “Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” service at Staples Center The lawsuit names Island Express Helicopters, Island Express Holding Corp. and the estate of the helicopter’s pilot, Ara Zobayan, who was among the victims. Gianna Bryant’s basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, Altobelli’s parents John and Keri, Payton’s mother Sarah and basketball coach Christina Mauser were also killed. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the exact cause of the crash, although preliminary findings showed no sign of mechanical failure. Monday’s lawsuit faults the company for allowing the helicopter to fly in “heavy fog and low clouds” that Sunday morning, conditions which prompted “law enforcement agencies and tour companies” to ground their helicopters.Advertisementcenter_img “On information and belief, Island Express Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration operating certificate limited its pilots to flying only under visual flight rules,” the lawsuit says. “The subject helicopter was not licensed or certified to be flown into instrument conditions. On information and belief, the pilot-in-command, Ara George Zobayan, was required to fly only in conditions that he could navigate visually. “Ara George Zobayan attempted to maneuver the helicopter up and forward to clear the clouds, then entered a turn sending the helicopter into steep terrain at approximately 180 mph,” according to the suit. “Witnesses on the ground reported seeing the helicopter flying through a layer of clouds and fog before the helicopter crashed.” Read Also: Beyonce kicks off LA memorial for Kobe Bryant, daughter The lawsuit notes that in 2015 Zobayan was cited by the FAA for violating the visual flight rules minimums by “flying into an airspace of reduced visibility from weather conditions.” Island Express did not immediately comment on the suit, which seeks unspecified general, economic and punitive damages. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Local properties receive historic preservation grants

first_imgBatesville, In. — Three local properties are among seven selected to receive grants as part of the Historic Grant Program from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.Depot Square in Batesville, Valley House Flats in Brookville and Acorn Hall in Greendale will each receive a $100,000 grant for exterior renovations. The work will include roof replacement, façade renovation, masonry restoration, window replacement and storefront upgrades.The two-year-old grant program is designed to incentivize economic development and historical preservation. All seven properties are privately owned.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2016: Williams, Murray Hit Next Round

first_imgDefending champion Serena Williams reached the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-2 6-4 win over Switzerland’s Amra Sadikovic.Top-seeded American Williams served five double faults and only four aces in 73 minutes against the world number 148.The six-time champion, 34, has now won 80 and lost 10 matches at Wimbledon.“It wasn’t tougher than I thought, but it was definitely tough,” she told BBC Sport.“I never underestimate anyone. I started fast, and that’s about it.“This is me – I’m always shouting at myself, always pushing myself. It’s absolutely nothing different.“It’s great to be back at Wimbledon. Mom was in the Royal Box and that was really nice.”The world number one, regarded as one of the finest servers in history, achieved just a 60% success rate on her first serves.But there was never any suggestion she would not go on to beat the Grand Slam debutant, securing victory with a successful challenge to set up a tie against compatriot Christina McHale. McHale, who beat Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 6-2, has already lost twice to the 21-time Grand Slam champion in 2016.Rain disrupted play on the second day, but under a closed roof on Centre Court former world number one Caroline Wozniacki lost 7-5 6-4 to world number 14 Svetlana Kuznetsova in one hour and 28 minutes.“It was way too good a match for the first round,” the Russian told BBC Sport. “I think I did great, I’m happy with my performance.”Kuznetsova will now play Britain’s wildcard Tara Moore, who secured her first Grand Slam win with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Alison Van Uytvanck, becoming the fourth Briton to reach the second round.Former finalist Eugenie Bouchard was leading Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 2-1 while British number one Johanna Konta was 6-1 2-1 up against Monica Puig when rain stopped play.Earlier yesterday,Andy Murray made short work of his first ever British opponent at Wimbledon as he swept past wildcard Liam Broady in the opening round.Murray, seeded second, saw off the 22-year-old world number 235 from Stockport 6-2 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court.It was the first all-British meeting at the All England Club since Tim Henman beat Martin Lee in 2001.Murray, 29, goes on to face Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in the second round on Thursday.The Scot needed just one hour and 43 minutes to end Broady’s Centre Court debut, the 2013 champion and world number two not surprisingly outclassing a player with just one tour-level win to his name.Murray might have been playing a familiar face but he was in aggressive mood, dropping just six points on his first serve and winning 18 of 19 at the net.Having gone 10 years without playing a fellow Briton, he has now beaten three this month following wins over Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund at Queen’s Club.“When we start the match we are both trying to win, but it does not make it any easier,” Murray told BBC Sport.“Liam played better as the match went on and fought through to the end and played some good stuff.“The crowd is always very fair here, getting behind both players and knowing what a good shot is. Liam got a good ovation when he left court and I’m sure he will have enjoyed that.”Broady found himself having to improvise as he chased down Murray from the baselineMurray, watched by recently returned coach Ivan Lendl at a Grand Slam for the first time in three years, began his 11th Wimbledon campaign with a comfortable win.Broady, 22, had experienced the Murray game first-hand during practice sessions earlier this year but could not bridge the gulf in class once their first competitive meeting got under way.Within five minutes he was a break of serve down, and moments later he was literally playing a shot off his knees as Murray ran him ragged.There was a sense of relief from the Centre Court crowd when Broady got on the scoreboard at 3-1 down but he could make no impression on the Murray serve.A wayward Broady forehand into the tram lines gave up the first set and a double fault handed Murray a 3-1 lead in the second.There was little reason for Murray to get fired up but a trademark cross-court backhand brought a shout of “come on” en route to a two-set lead, and it was now a case of closing it out as clinically as possible.Murray suffered physically in the recent French Open final after getting dragged into two five-set matches earlier in the tournament, and he was determined to avoid a repeat at Wimbledon.Broady – and the crowd – enjoyed one running forehand pass early in the third set, and the wildcard earned his first break points in game six, but Murray fired down a serve and steered away a volley to snuff out the danger.A delicate drop shot clinched victory on match point and the value of a quick win was immediately apparent when the rain began to fall as the players walked off court.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NHL free agency 2019: Maple Leafs sign trade acquisitions Kerfoot and Ceci

first_imgThe Maple Leafs have nearly finished filling up their roster.Toronto signed newly acquired center Alexander Kerfoot and defenseman Cody Ceci to new contracts on Thursday. Kerfoot joins the team on a four-year deal with an AAV of $3.5 million. Ceci agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million. Ceci, 25, headlined the Senators’ package in the trade for Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown. The sixth-year veteran tied his career-high with 26 points (7-19–26) last season in 74 games.Maple Leafs, Senators six-player swap is a win-win as Zaitsev, Ceci start anewAccording to CapFriendly, Toronto now has an estimated $3,765,301 in cap space. However, The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta reports that the team is a few roster moves away from having over $11 million, keeping them in play to re-sign Mitch Marner.Looking at the Leafs cap situation: Add Kerfoot’s $3.5M AAV & Ceci’s $4.5M AAV. Factor in Horton’s $5.3M going on LTIR and 4 players on the current roster making avg $700K each being moved to the AHL to start the year, the Leafs have $11.165M in cap flexibility to play with.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 4, 2019 The Leafs traded for Kerfoot, 24, along with Tyson Barrie and a sixth-round draft pick from the Avalanche in exchange for Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosen. He posted 42 points (15-27-42) with a minus-nine rating in 78 games last season. Kerfoot failed to find the back of the net in his 12 playoff games, but notched three assists.MORE: Maple Leafs acquire Tyson Barrie, gain key right-handed defensemanlast_img read more