Kobe Bryant's Chopper Didn't Have A Warning Device
The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others, who were killed after it crashed, did not have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to the ground.
At issue is what is known as a Terrain Awareness and Warning System, or TAWS, which would have sounded an alarm if the aircraft was in danger.
It is not clear whether the device would have averted the crash, investigators say.
The cause of the wreck that killed the former NBA superstar, his 13-year-old daughter and the seven others aboard on Sunday is still under investigation.
It was revealed that Bryant's pilot had special permission to fly and that conditions were particularly foggy the morning of the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board may again recommend helicopters with six or more passenger seats be required to have such equipment.
The pilot in Sunday's crash, Ara Zobayan, had been climbing out of the clouds when the chartered aircraft banked left and began a sudden 1200ft descent that lasted nearly a minute, investigators said on Tuesday.