Investigators seek clues in Kobe helicopter crash

Aircraft lacked key terrain monitoring equipment, NTSB said

FATEFUL SUNDAY—An inspector from the National Transportation Safety Board inspects the wreckage. Below, smoke from the Calabasas hillside where the craft went down.

Investigators this week began the difficult task of trying to understand what caused the Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas that killed nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

Safety experts said this week that, among other concerns, the craft lacked a key piece of terrain awa...

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