The 911 calls initiated after Kobe Bryant’s private helicopter crashed into a hill in Los Angeles have revealed just how poor the weather at the time of the accident.
The Los Angeles Fire Departement released several of the 911 calls from members of the public after several people witnessed the aircraft crash into the hillside.
In one recording, the caller relays to the 911 operator the chopper, “Went over my head, It’s thick in clouds. And then I heard a pop and it immediately stopped.”
Another caller told the dispatcher that he witnessed the helicopter crash into a mountain and was about to the flames after impact. “I’m walking in the trail I could hear the plane, I think it was, in the clouds, but couldn’t see it. Then we just heard a ‘boom’ and a dead sound and then I could see the flames,” the caller said.
“If this guy doesn’t have night vision, I mean, he was, he’s completely IFR,” another call stated.
According to reports, a caller who was at a nearby supermarket told dispatchers that a “helicopter crashed into a mountain.”
As we reported, the NTSB believes weather was partially to blame for the tragic accident that took the lives of seven people, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi. At a press conference last week, the agency asked members of the public to email or call with photographs of the area right before the crash…so they could see what the weather was like at the time.
It appears the pilot was not aware of the hillside after it was reported the aircraft smashed into it going over 150 mph.
Multiple calls into the 911 dispatch center confirmed just how bad the visibility was at the time of the accident. But, the NTBS has noted the helicopter was not equipped with a terrain alarm system that may have warned the pilot he was approaching a hillside. Also, the aircraft did not have a black box recorder on board, which makes it harder to confirm the exact issues at the moment before impact.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter’s bodies have been released to the family for preparation for their final resting place. The L.A Corner’s office confirmed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Hear the audio….HERE.