It has now been over a week since the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others who were aboard his helicopter last Sunday in Calabasas, California.
During that time, several 911 callers reported hearing a lod boom and eventually flames soon after the helicopter went down to the ground, according to audio released by the Los Angeles Fire Department on Monday.
One caller was walking on a trail when he heard Bryant’s Sikorsky S-76 chopper go down above him. He mistakenly thought it was a plane.
“I can hear this plane, I think it was in the clouds,” he told the dispatcher, according to the recording.
“We couldn’t see it — and then we just heard a boom, and a dead sound. Then I can see the flames,” the man says.
Another caller that was nearby reported to the dispatchers that a “helicopter crashed into a mountain.”
“We heard it, and I’m now looking at the flames,” the man, who was about a quarter-mile away from the crash site, said.