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Vanessa Bryant Urges Congress To Pass Helicopter Safety Bill Named After Kobe, It 'Will Save Many Lives'

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By Mike Walters

Vanessa Bryant is urging Congress to pass a new helicopter safety bill named after her husband and daughter, which she says could end up saving many lives in the future.

The Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act was formally introduced to lawmakers today, which outlines new safety guidelines including a terrain awareness and warning system, a cockpit voice recorder, and a flight data recorder.

"I strongly urge that the United States Congress pass a federal law that would improve the safety of helicopters operating in this country," Vanessa said in a statement.

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'I Believe There Is A Chance That Kobe And Gianna Would Be Alive Today'

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She continued, "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."

Specifically, this legislation would require all helicopters which carry six or more people to be equipped with the more advanced safety equipment.

"I believe that these safety measures will save many lives," Vanessa said.

She continued, "As passengers traveling on aircrafts we assume that proper safety measures are in order to prevent accidents from happening before we fly. It's unfortunate that this is not the case and aircraft companies must do their part to protect lives."

Vanessa Bryant Is 'Deeply Moved' By Lawmakers Naming Bill After Kobe, Gigi

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Kobe's wife told lawmakers she was "deeply moved" after hearing the new bill would be named after Kobe ane Gigi, saying, "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."

Vanessa also proposed that the helicopter industry, "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."

Pilot's Text Messages Appear To Show Him Dismissing Warnings Of Bad Weather

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As you know, the group was heading to a youth basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy on the morning of the fateful crash. The passengers were players, family members, and coaches of Gigi's team.

As we reported, the NTSB released 1,700 pages of their investigation into the deadly crash, including text messages which appear to show the pilot dismissing warnings about the possibility of bad weather.

Also, Island Express, the company Vanessa Bryant is now suing for wrongful death, says it canceled flights on celebrities -- including Kylie Jenner -- in many cases due to bad weather.

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