Take 2: Bryant conspiracies, Southwest scandals


Hannah Gonzalez

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

Carlee George , Staff Writer

Kobe Bryant Conspiracies: Argentine journalist Eduardo Salim Sad took to Twitter to publish a tweet that linked a Jewish conspiracy to the fatal plane crash that killed nine people, including NBA star Kobe Bryant. The tweet read, “Sikorsky S76 helicopter, of Jewish surname, kills Kobe Bryant.” Another theory blames white supremacy and the Illuminati. Dr. Umar Johnson posted a video convicting white supremacists of murdering Kobe Bryant.

Why it’s important: Bryant’s death brought sorrow upon the NBA community. While many still mourn his loss, others have used the opportunity to apply it to their own political agendas. While the exact cause of the crash is still debated among news sources, helicopters are applying more safety measures in reaction to the incident.

Southwest Scandals: Over a two year span, Southwest Airlines flew more than 17 million  passengers on planes that had unconfirmed maintenance records. The Wall Street Journal released on Jan. 30 the information on the year-long civil investigation. There was also an incident where wings of a landing plane smashed the ground while landing in gale force winds. A majority of the 46 FAA employees have been indicted. 

Why this is important: This compromised the safety of millions of passengers and raises concerns about  the FAA managers who allowed the unsafe aircrafts to fly. Other airlines are taking measures against the FAA for their lack of communication.