Officials with the U.S. Department of Safety and Transportation (NTSB) said at a news conference Monday afternoon that the helicopter accident that killed Bryant, despite the FBI’s shock, does not appear to be criminal. Kurt Deetz, a helicopter pilot who provided flight services for Bryant, said the accident did not involve mechanical failure and that there was “no catastrophic double failure,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
As debris from the scene is strewn everywhere, the area is comparable to a football field and may take days to stitch it up. Local law enforcement is conducting day and night patrols to prevent anyone sneaking into the scene to steal souvenirs.
The aircraft involved did not have a “black box (flight recorder)” and the NTSB intends to investigate the accident, starting with the pilot’s resume, maintenance records and operator logs.
A former Marine Corps veteran speculated that poor visibility led to a loss of pilot’s sense of direction, especially fatal high-level misjudgment.
He suggested that the pilots involved may not have enough instrumentation, “and pilots flying by the Sikorsky S-76 should have the ability to fly only by instruments, even if they can’t see anything.” ”
Heavy fog at the time of the incident led to a no-fly flight of all Los Angeles police helicopters. Residents at the site said visibility was extremely poor, nothing was visible, only a crackling sound was heard and then a loud noise (the so-called crash video is fake, the plane cannot be seen).
The plane has made several trips between the two places since the second half of last year, and the route (yellow) has flown dozens of times. But Sunday’s flight was forced to change course due to heavy fog (brown):
1, 9:06 a.m. from Wayne Airport in Orange County;
2, 9:17 change the route;
3, 9:21 air traffic control told to hover wait, avoid the aircraft in front of;
4, 9:39 fold to the southwest, the airport tower approved its flight to highway 101;
5, 9:44 tower reported that the flight altitude is too low to provide guidance.
6, 9:45 crashed into the desert mountain on the outskirts of Calabasas.
The plane had reported to the tower before it crashed that it was ready to climb up to the clouds, and the tower asked the pilot what the specific plan was, and received no further response.