The helicopter company responsible for Kobe Bryant’s death is now facing trouble from their insurers. Insurance News reported on the matter.
Endurance Assurance Corp acknowledged that the company, OC Helicopters, did have a policy containing a single limit of $10 million for bodily injury and property damage. OC Helicopters is being sued by Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, as well as the families of others who died in the crash.
The insurer was helping OC Helicopters in their case, but then they noticed a flaw in the policy. Endurance now claims that the Sikorsky S76B helicopter did not qualify as a covered vehicle for OC Helicopter’s policy.
The policy does cover aircraft that the company operated but does not own, but helicopters do not fall under that rule according to the insurer.
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“Because the Sikorsky is a rotorwing aircraft, it does not fall within the scope of the Non-Owned Aircraft Liability coverage provided by the Policy,” the Endurance lawsuit states. “The Policy, therefore, does not provide coverage for the claims alleged against OC Helicopters in the Liability Actions.”
The report has no response from OC Helicopters, but it certainly throws a huge wrench into OC Helicopter’s ability to pay out should they be found guilty in their multiple lawsuits. Nine people were killed instantly in the crash, which happened in January 2020.