LOS ANGELES — Island Specific Helicopters — the corporate that owned the plane that crashed Sunday, killing 9 folks together with Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna — has suspended operations indefinitely, the corporate stated in an announcement Thursday night.
“The shock of the accident affected all employees, and administration determined that service could be suspended till such time because it was deemed applicable for workers and prospects,” the corporate stated in an announcement.
In line with an older model of the corporate’s web site, Island Specific has been family-owned since 1986 and operated “the West Coast’s largest fleet of Sikorsky S-76 passenger plane, the most-trusted title in helicopters.” Together with day by day flights to Santa Catalina Island, it bought customizable charters, aerial excursions and trip packages.
The corporate marketed its Sikorsky S-76 as offering a premium flying expertise, noting prospects might “fly in the identical helicopter utilized by the President of america and the British Royal Household.”
Bryant usually used a Sikorsky S-76B that was in-built 1991 and owned by the constitution service.
The helicopter departed John Wayne Airport at 9:06 a.m. Sunday, in accordance with publicly accessible flight data. It handed over Boyle Heights, close to Dodger Stadium, and circled over Glendale throughout the flight.
The chopper wasn’t geared up with an alarm system that might have warned the pilot that he was approaching a hillside, in accordance with the Nationwide Transportation Security Board. The company really helpful 16 years in the past that the Federal Aviation Administration require all helicopters carrying six or extra passengers to be geared up with a terrain consciousness and warning system.