NTSB Called Out for Sharing Close-Up Footage of Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Site

NTSB Called Out for Sharing Close-Up Footage of Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Site


The B-Roll released by the NTSB documenting the accident site of the January 26 helicopter crash in California sparks a debate whether or not the government agency should’ve released the footage.

Not everyone is curious about every little detail regarding the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. The NTSB recently released a video of the helicopter crash scene, giving a close-up look at investigators sifting through the wreckage, but many found it upsetting.

The B-Roll footage was taken on January 27 and was shared via the government agency’s official Twitter page. A portion of the video was taken by the drones showing an overall view above the crash site, while in other parts workers are seen picking up small pieces of the helicopter to inspect it.

Following the release of the video, people have been debating whether or not it should have been released. “This should not be publicly available out of respect for the families,” one person who is against it tweeted. Another added, “why would you allow this content have some respect for the grieving families!”

But some others think there’s nothing wrong with sharing the footage of the crash site. “What’s wrong with satellite images helping with crash site?” one argued. Another responded to the critics, “…they’re a government agency reporting an accident that killed people. They’re made to investigate problems in this field. What else are they supposed to do?”

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Kobe and eight other persons boarding the helicopter, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were all killed in the crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday, January 26. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said on Tuesday that the bodies of all nine victims in the Sunday helicopter crash have been recovered. The bodies that were discovered were removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s Forensic Science Center. Investigators are currently working on identifying the victims.

Kobe’s family has remained silent following the tragedy, but his wife Vanessa is having “an extremely difficult and devastating time” dealing with the big loss. A source told PEOPLE, “She can hardly keep it together. She can’t finish a sentence without crying. But she is working very hard to pull it together for the other girls. She now has to be the strong one.”