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No, video of 2018 helicopter crash in UAE – not accident that killed NBA star Kobe Bryant

On 26 January 2020 US basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas in California.

He is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant, their three other daughters, and his parents.

Now a video is circulating on Facebook with the claim it shows the crash that killed Bryant, his daughter and seven other people.

The grainy footage shows a helicopter out of control, tumbling through the air in a mountainous area, before hitting the ground and bursting into flames.

Video of Kobe's helicopter crash that killed him and his daughter and others on board. A very painful way to die. RIP Kobe,” the caption reads.

Is this really the crash that killed Bryant?

Crash in United Arab Emirates in 2018

A Google reverse image search reveals that the video is two years old. It was filmed in the United Arab Emirates in December 2018.

A rescue helicopter had clipped the world’s longest zip-line in Ras al-Khaimah, near the UAE's highest mountain, Jebel Jais. Four people were killed in the resulting crash.

The incident and the video were widely reported at the time. – Jennifer Ojugbeli


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