Recently released 911 calls made in the wake of the helicopter accident which killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant and 8 others emphasize the inadequate weather states the aircraft had been flying.
There were calls made about the Jan 26 in the Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch center. The crash occurred in Calabasas, California, that was acquired by ABC News-owned channel KABC. Several callers said that they were not able to observe the aircraft as a result of thick fog despite being near the website where it crashed along with the aircraft.
“I am walking at the road I could listen to the airplane, I believe that it was, in the clouds, but could not see it. We then only heard a boom’ and also a lifeless noise then I could see the flames,” one caller misidentifying the aircraft within a plane, instead of a helicopter.
Another caller told dispatchers that he looked at the wreckage and the helicopter crashed into a mountain.
1 caller, talking to ABC News’ Tom Llamas, clarified the bad visibility at the foggy states: “Imagine jumping into a pool full of milk, and opening your eyes”
“It went over my mind. It is thick in clouds. Then I heard pop up and it instantly ceased,” another caller told dispatchers. “If this man does not have night vision, I mean he had been, he is entirely IFR,” in a clear reference Instrument Flight Rules, which regulate flights that rely on device readings instead of visual reference.
The weather conditions are just one variable being analyzed as a possible reason for the crash from the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) probe to the episode.
Island state, the aircraft company which owned the helicopter involved in the incident declared last week it had been canceling all flights until further notice.
The NTSB is expected to launch a report on its evaluation as soon as this week.