Vanessa Bryant is now urging lawmakers to pass the Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act', requiring helicopters that carry six or more people to also carry safety equipment. She says having that extra safety equipment could "save many lives."
“I strongly urge that the United States Congress pass a federal law that would improve the safety of helicopters operating in this country,” Vanessa Bryant said in statement. “I believe there is a chance that Kobe and Gianna would still be alive today if their helicopter had been equipped with the safety equipment required by this pending federal legislation.”
Lawmakers introduced the bill on Thursday, and it received immediate vocal support from Kobe's widow. She said she believes her legendary husband and young daughter may still be alive if their crashed chopper would have carried more safety equipment... Such as a Terrain Awareness and Warning System, which records voice and flight data on choppers during flights.
Bryant also proposed to lawmakers that the helicopter "consider renaming the black box to Mamba 8 Box in honor of the 3 young Mamba team players, the 2 Mamba coaches and the 3 Mamba parents onboard, equaling 8."
“Having Kobe’s and Gianna’s names associated with this federal law that has the potential to save countless lives would be a fitting tribute to their memory,” she said.
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