A video is being widely shared on social media with a claim that it is that of Basketball player Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash. Let’s analyze the claim about the video.
Claim: Basketball player Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash video.
Fact: The video is that of a helicopter crash in 2018, wherein a rescue helicopter crashed hitting the world’s longest zip line in the United Arab Emirates. So, the claim is FALSE.
From the January 27, 2020 article of ‘BBC News’, it can be found that Basketball player Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna, had died in a helicopter crash in California.
When searched on YouTube with the keywords ‘Helicopter crash’, many search results were obtained. Among them, a search result had similar footage as in the Facebook post. The uploader of it initially seems to have said the video to be that of Kobe’s crash but has later on edited the title of the video. In the description, the uploader has written that the footage in the video is that of a rescue helicopter crash in UAE and also thanked the ones who corrected his mistake by commenting on the video. With this information, when googled, an article of ‘The National’ with similar footage was found. From the article, it was found that, on 30th December 2018, a rescue helicopter crashed hitting the world’s longest zip line in the United Arab Emirates and causing the death of four crew members who were present in the helicopter during the accident.
To conclude, the video in the post is not that of Basketball player Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash.
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