Via Treasury.Gov:

Island Express Helicopters — the company that operated the fateful flight that crashed and killed NBA star Kobe Bryant and eight others, including the pilot — has received $603,838 in CARES Act funding.

The Department of the Treasury published a list of aviation companies that received the payroll support stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, reports Web site Private Jet Card Comparisons. The list also includes major airlines such as United, Delta, American, Southwest and JetBlue.

The Long Beach-based operator closed its doors after the crash and has been the subject of several lawsuits since the tragedy claimed the lives of the NBA star, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, including the pilot.

Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death claim in February, naming Island Express and the estate of pilot Ara Zobayan as defendants.

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