Kobe Bryant crash witnesses heard explosion followed by flames

Emergency calls from the night of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant have been released, with witnesses describing hearing a loud explosion followed by flames.

Previously released audio from air traffic control confirmed fog was an issue with the pilot asking for flight following – a form of constant monitoring used during periods of poor visibility.

And the newly released 911 calls back that up, with one witness telling emergency services: “I’m walking in the trail, I could hear the plane.

IRVINE, CA - JULY 26: Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant watch during day 2 of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Woollett Aquatics Center on July 26, 2018 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Image:Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among those killed

“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.”

Another caller said: “A helicopter crashed into a mountain. We heard it, and now I’m looking at the flames.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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