Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late NBA star Kobe Bryant is urging Congress to pass a new helicopter safety bill in memory of her husband and daughter who crashed in a helicopter early this year.
While posting on her Instagram account, Vannessa said that had there been laws, there is a high chance that her daughter and husband would have survived.
“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,” she posted.
She adds that the United States Congress should pass a federal law that would improve the safety of helicopters operating in the country.
This comes after the Democratic lawmakers introduced the “Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act” which requires all helicopters certified to carry six or more people to be equipped with a Terrain Awareness and Warning System, a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder.
Vannessa says that having this bill named after her husband and daughter is a fitting tribute to their memory.
She has also proposed that the helicopter industry should consider renaming the black box to Mamba 8 Box in honor of the three young Mamba team players, the two Mamba coaches and the three Mamba parents who died in the helicopter crash.
The group of eight people perished in a helicopter crash on their way to Mamba Sports Academy for a basketball game.