LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Helicopters may soon be required to install additional safety measures after the death of Kobe Bryant.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks together introduced the Helicopter Safety Act Thursday. The law would require the FAA to strengthen federal standards for helicopters in the wake of the tragic crash.

The NBA superstar, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven others were killed in a crash into the hills of Calabasas on Jan. 26.

A preliminary NTSB report said the Sikorsky S-76B they were in was flying in foggy weather and did not have terrain awareness technology or a black box to record what happened in the cockpit before the crash. Immediately after the crash, the FAA was criticized for not requiring such safety systems, despite NTSB recommendations after past helicopter crashes.

In January, when Sherman first discussed the bill, he estimated such systems would cost between $25,000 and $40,000 per helicopter. Feinstein in February urged the FAA in a letter to make the safety systems a requirement in all helicopters that carry six or more people, before introducing the bill Thursday.

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  1. Tina Willis says:

    I have been saying that politics IS law. Far too many people think that regulations are a bad thing. This is just one of thousands of examples of safety regulations that companies do not want, because they cost money, which eats slightly into their profits, but regular people need them for safety. And which party is introducing this bill? As a country, we NEED safety regulations — and the idea that regulations are bad, because they lower profits, totally overlooks that we need regulations to stay safe. Even though I’m a Florida personal injury lawyer, this movement toward no regulations terrifies me as a human being, for myself and my family. Plus, if we don’t have laws that allow us to sue companies based on violations of these laws and regulations, with NO immunity for negligence, then regular citizens have absolutely no way to enforce safety laws and regulations, which means they might as well not exist. Tina Willis, Florida personal injury lawyer, Tina Willis Law, 390 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 2310, Orlando, Florida 32801, (407) 803-2139.

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