Stephen Colbert Reveals His Personal Connection To Kobe Bryant Tragedy

Written by on January 29, 2020

The “Late Present” host Stephen Colbert and bandleader Jon Batiste paid tribute on Tuesday night time to basketball nice Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash close to Los Angeles on Sunday. The accident additionally claimed the lives of eight others, together with Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

“I really feel a wierd connection on this second,” Colbert mentioned. “One I wouldn’t want on anybody.” 

Colbert misplaced his father and two of his brothers in a 1974 aircraft crash when he was simply 10 years outdated. Very like Bryant’s chopper, the aircraft carrying Colbert’s relations additionally went down in heavy fog.

“One of many horrible issues about that shock and the heartbreaking un-reality nightmare high quality of somebody large in your life who simply disappears, the middle of your love disappearing in that second, will not be understanding what occurred,” he mentioned. 

The flight recorder from the 1974 crash that killed his relations revealed that the crew had been chatting about unrelated issues because the plane made its method in fog, simply earlier than it crashed. Colbert mentioned that discovery led to the sterile cockpit rule, which requires the crew to have interaction solely in important duties to make sure security at low altitudes, comparable to takeoff and touchdown.

Then he defined slightly about helicopters, and the way they lack a lot of the information recording data of airplanes. Consequently, investigators might by no means know why a chopper such because the one carrying Bryant crashed, which might stop them from recommending modifications to forestall future accidents.  

Colbert mentioned the Bryant tragedy might result in a change that might guarantee “black field”-type recorders be included on helicopters, a lot because the sterile cockpit rule got here from the 1974 crash. 

“To do nothing after helicopters go down like this and we lose greats like this or we lose any individual whose household is now in agony and in ignorance of what occurred to their beloved one I feel is unconscionable,” he mentioned.

“These folks at the moment are in distress,” he added. “Why compound their distress with thriller of what occurred to their family members?”  

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