- Pilot wants to turn south to the 101.
- Pilot says he is approved VFR conditions. -
- 72EX wants to talk to SoCal tower but doesn't seem to connect.
-VFR conditions 1,500.
- SoCal approach tower asks him what his intention
- Air traffic control says he is too low level for flight following
- Helicopter crashes in a valley area near the SoCal Water District on a hillside
Van Nuys tower: Helicopter 2EchoX, thank you. And once you’re clear of Van Nuys Delta, did you want to talk to SoCal?
Helicopter: Affirmative. 2EchoX.
Helicopter: Tower for 2EchoX-ray, can we start go ahead and turn toward the southwest for the 101?
Van Nuys tower: Helicopter 2EchoX-ray, approved, and are you transitioning in VFR conditions?
Helicopter: VFR conditions, 1,500 [feet]. 2EchoX.
Van Nuys tower: Helicopter 72EchoX, thank you. Contact SoCal now 134.2 for flight following. 34.2.
Helicopter: 34.2. NEchoX
SoCal air traffic approach control center: EchoX-ray, ident[ification]?
SoCal center: EchoX-ray, yeah, you’re following the 1200 code. So you’re requesting flight following?
SoCal center: 2EchoX-ray, where, say intentions.
SoCal center: 2EchoX-ray, you’re still too low-level for a flight following at this time.
SoCal center: 2Echo X-ray, SoCal.
Satellite imagery over the SoCal coast where a helicopter crashed, killing all passengers onboard, including Kobe Bryant.— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) January 26, 2020
At the moment, there isn't any information detailing whether or not fog or other weather was to blame for the crash. pic.twitter.com/pOAFjeU6sT
Kobe Bryant, although best known for his time on the basketball court, was half of Bryant Stibel, a $100M investment fund run in conjunction with startup veteran Jeff Stibel; both Bryant and Stibel had been angel investors in a significant number of startups, even before formally creating the fund in 2016, investing in such companies as Ring, LegalZoom, Tile, and many others. The crash site where Bryant and the others crashed is within view of a cluster of business parks, which houses some of the high tech companies along the 101 corridor.