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Kobe helicopter crashed due to terrain warning system not installed

Does Kobe helicopter crash due to terrain warning system not installed?

Officials from the National Security Transport Agency (NTSB) said at an accident investigation briefing on Tuesday that the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter that crashed into a barren mountain outside Calabasas was not equipped with a TAWS (Terrain Alert and Warning) system. A plane headed to California's Thousand Oaks basketball training camp.
Kobe helicopter crashed due to terrain warning system not installed

As early as 2004, the NTSB recommended that all six or more helicopters be installed with this system to provide pilots with terrain warnings, altitude alerts, and descent rate alerts.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a document in 2006 saying that it would consider the NTSB's proposal, provided that the system installed on the helicopter will not cause annoying false positives, which will disturb the pilot's attention. 

In response, the FAA requires that all emergency helicopters be fitted with TAWS, but other use helicopters are not mandatory.

In addition, the NTSB has repeatedly suggested that helicopters should also be equipped with cabin sounds and flight data recorders (black boxes). The FAA ignored this suggestion.


Now NTSB has to dig the truth from the tower recordings and radar data, and also called on residents at the scene to provide photos that reflect the weather conditions at that time (Sunday morning) to determine the culprit.

Kobe helicopter crashed due to terrain warning system not installed

The tower recording showed that the helicopter pilot had asked the tower for guidance; the tower responded that the aircraft was too low and the radar could not capture the data.

The pilot then attempted to climb to the cloud, followed by a sharp left turn and a descent rate of more than 2,000 feet per second, hitting the ground at devastating speed, killing all nine on board.

It took two days for the forensic doctor to identify the corpse, including Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter (Gianna); college basketball coach John Altobelli and his wife (Keri, Alyssa), basketball youth coach Christina Mauser; Sarah Chester and Daughter Payton, age; Ara Zobayan, helicopter pilot.

Source = Mydrivers

1 comment:

  1. You wrote: As early as 2004, the NTSB recommended that all six or more helicopters be installed with this system

    You meant to write: "all 6 or more passenger helicopters". What posted to the public above is word salad. Please proof read.

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