Vanessa Bryant Reacts To Helicopter Company Involved In Kobe’s Crash Receiving COVID-19 Relief
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, reacted to news that Island Express Helicopter Company has received $603, 838 in funding from the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).
According to Forbes, Island Express Helicopter Company was one of many businesses that received federal aid amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company received the money on May 1, but the funding wasn’t revealed until weeks later.
According to the CARES Act,
“The Payroll Support Program under Division A, Title IV, Subtitle B of the CARES Act provides payroll support to passenger air carriers, cargo air carriers, and certain contractors for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits. A total of up to $25 billion is available for passenger air carriers; $4 billion for cargo air carriers; and $3 billion for certain contractors. Funds received by these air carriers and contractors must exclusively be used for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits.”
Vanessa Bryant reacted to the company receiving federal aid through a post on her Instagram page. She kept the caption simple with several broken heart Emojis. She also disabled comments on the post.
Recently, Vanessa Bryant urged Congress to pass a helicopter safety bill which would be named after Kobe Bryant and the daughter they shared, Gianna, who also passed away in the fateful helicopter crash on Jan. 26. The bill would require all helicopters built to carry more than six people to be equipped with a Terrain Awareness and Warning System, a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder.
Vanessa Bryant supported the proposal with this statement:
“I strongly urge that the United States Congress pass a federal law that would improve the safety of helicopters operating in this country. 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…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.”
“I believe that these safety measures will save many lives…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.”
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