Kobe Bryant Helicopter Didn’t Have Critical Warning System, Officials Say

The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant descended at a rate of 2,000 feet a minute and missed avoiding the hills of Southern California by 20 to 30 feet before the “high-energy impact crash” that killed the basketball star and eight others, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

The chopper wasn’t equipped with a terrain awareness and warning system, or TAWS, which could have provided critical information to the pilot about the mountainous area.

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