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Company that flew Kobe Bryant's helicopter gets federal help

Report: Bryant crash pilot had no drugs, alcohol in system
Posted at 6:03 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 09:03:27-04

The helicopter company involved in the crash that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant is getting taxpayer money designed to help small businesses hurt by the virus pandemic.

The Treasury Department said Monday that Island Express Helicopters will get between $150,000 and $350,000 to save 20 jobs.

Two months ago, the Treasury Department said Island Express would get about $600,000 in money set aside for airlines including charters and tour operators.

It's not clear whether there is any overlap in the two sums. Island Express operated the helicopter that crashed in January in Southern California, killing Bryant, his daughter Gianna, six other passengers and the pilot.