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Foggy conditions at center of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash probe

Foggy conditions at center of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash probeNew details emerged Monday surrounding the fatal helicopter crash in Southern California a day earlier that claimed the lives of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other individuals, including the pilot.Authorities from the FAA and NTSB are investigating the deadly crash and the cause of the accident has not been determined, but the weather conditions at the time of the crash are figuring in some of the reports that have emerged.According to an audio recording obtained by CNN, the helicopter's pilot was given special clearance to operate the aircraft in unusually poor weather conditions.Bryant, 41, and Gianna, 13, were flying to a basketball tournament in Thousand Oaks. Gianna's assistant coach, her teammate, her teammate's parent, legendary baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their daughter, Alyssa, were all on the flight as well. Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the U.S. national championships swimming meet Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Located in the southwest corner of the San Fernando Valley, Calabasas is situated 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles. According to data displayed by FlightRadar24, an aircraft-tracking site, the helicopter carrying Bryant took off from John Wayne Santa Ana Airport in Orange County at 9:06 a.m. PST in a privately owned Sikorsky S-76B helicopter.> Additional ADS-B data, including granular data reported at roughly twice per second, may be found at t.co/Zn91wZxzSf pic.twitter.com/GV2szF5g75> > — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 26, 2020As the flight-tracking data showed, the pilot of the helicopter was forced to wait in a holding pattern for more than 10 minutes while communicating with air traffic controllers at Burbank Airport.According to an air traffic control audio conversation which was recorded by LiveATC.net, a website that streams live air traffic control communications online, the helicopter was operating under "Special Visual Flight Rules (SVFR)." SVFR clearance allows pilots to fly in weather conditions worse than those allowed for standard Visual Flight Rules (VFR). In the audio, the pilot can be heard confirming to the controller that he was to "maintain special VFR at or below 2,500" feet.But, according to the CNN report, the pilot was later told by the controller that the helicopter was still flying at too low a level for "flight following at this time." Flight following is a mechanism that allows pilots to stay in more regular contact with a controller in the air traffic control tower."The cloud ceiling was around 1,100 feet at the time of the crash. The visibility would have been poor even in fog-free areas for the pilot, who was flying between around 1,000 and 3,000 feet," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait said."An onshore flow led to the development of low clouds and fog that settled in late Saturday evening for much of the area. The low clouds and fog remained in place through midday Sunday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Danielle Knittle explained. She added that wind speeds were very light at the time of the crash, "less than 5 mph."AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said this time of year is not the region's foggiest, but it can develop on occasion. "Fog is not uncommon in Southern California in the wintertime – outside of the 'June gloom' season," he said.CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APPIn a separate audio piece obtained by TMZ, a commander can be heard telling another aircraft that he has a "special VFR helicopter that has been in holding for about 15 minutes." In the flight-tracking data, the aircraft can be seen circling over Burbank from 9:20 to 9:33 a.m. before continuing its track.At 9:40 a.m., the helicopter turned west and less than five minutes later, began climbing more than 2,000 feet in an apparent attempt to put space between the hillside and the helicopter.Almost immediately, the helicopter began a sharp descent before crashing into a mountain near Malibu Creek. Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) The crash site is about 20 miles away from the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where the helicopter was heading.The pilot was identified by KTLA reporter Christina Pascucci as Ara Zobayan. Pascucci, a licensed pilot herself, reported that Zobayan had an "instrument rating," which a helicopter pilot is required to have in order to fly in low visibility conditions."Southern California airspace is extremely busy, and they might tell you to wait an hour," Paul Cline, an assistant professor of aviation at the City University of New York, told New York Magazine, about why the chopper may have been stuck in a holding pattern. "You're just one of many waiting in line, and it doesn't matter if you're Kobe Bryant."Foggy conditions shrouded the region throughout the morning and early afternoon on Sunday, so severely that the Los Angeles Police Department grounded its helicopter, according to spokesman Josh Rubenstein."The weather situation did not meet our minimum standards for flying," Rubenstein confirmed to CNN. Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby takes questions at a news conference Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California on Sunday, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio) Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said 56 fire personnel responded to the initial 911 call, which was placed at 9:47 a.m., local time."Upon arrival, our firefighters discovered approximately a quarter-acre brush fire that resulted from a crash on the hillside," Osby said. "Our firefighters on scene indicated that there was a debris field in steep terrain… The fire also included magnesium, which is very hard for firefighters to extinguish because magnesium reacts with oxygen and water."Eyewitnesses, such as Los Angeles times staff writer Richard Winton, described hearing the 'whir of helicopter blades.'"It was a foggy morning, with visibility at less than 60 feet," Winton wrote. "I looked toward a nearby window in my Calabasas home and heard a massive boom, followed by a few seconds of silence. Then a fireball erupted on a hillside off Las Virgenes Road."Another eyewitness, Jerry Kocharian, told Winton that he noticed the helicopter flying unusually low and struggling before its crash."It wasn't sounding right," Kocharian told Winton. "I saw it falling and spluttering, but it was hard to make out as it was so foggy… no one could survive that."To complicate matters, the residential community surrounding the crash site is nestled in a remote hillside above Calabasas. In a press conference on Sunday night, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the ensuing efforts would be made more difficult by geographic and weather-related obstacles."Right now, it's a logistical nightmare in a sense because the crash site itself is not easily accessible," Villanueva said. "It is in very rough terrain, very dangerous even in daylight, much less in the middle of the night."Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.



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Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in foggy conditions considered so dangerous that the LAPD grounded all its flights

Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in foggy conditions considered so dangerous that the LAPD grounded all its flightsThe NBA legend and eight others were flying in heavy fog before crashing into a hillside in Calabasas, California, at about 9:45 a.m. on Sunday.



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Residents, vacationers urged to leave Australian region as fire conditions worsen

Residents, vacationers urged to leave Australian region as fire conditions worsenResidents and vacationers in part of the Australian state of Victoria were urged to leave on Sunday ahead of what is expected to be a day of extreme fire danger. State Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp told both residents and tens of thousands of vacationers in the East Gippsland region to leave no later than Monday morning. “What we are saying now, based on the conditions that will be confronting us tomorrow across the state, but in particular in East Gippsland, is that if you’re holidaying in that part of the state, it’s time that you left,” Crisp said at a media conference on Sunday.



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Winter storm brings nightmare travel conditions across Southwest

Winter storm brings nightmare travel conditions across SouthwestTravelers heading from Nevada to California sat in traffic for hours after snowy conditions forced the closure of the busy Interstate 15.



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Graft, gangs, bad conditions fuel Honduras prison killings

Graft, gangs, bad conditions fuel Honduras prison killingsA top security official in Honduras said Monday the Mara Salvatrucha gang ordered prison riots that killed 37 inmates since Friday. Assistant Security Minister Luis Suazo said the gang known as MS-13 staged the bloody riots to force the government to back down from emergency measures decreed last week. “We have information that the MS is behind this and gave the orders to carry out these attacks,” said Suazo.



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Severe Fire Conditions Lead to 'Extreme' Red Flag Warning in Los Angeles Area

Severe Fire Conditions Lead to 'Extreme' Red Flag Warning in Los Angeles AreaAn “extreme” red flag warning has been declared in the Los Angeles area ahead of some of the worst conditions for a fire in the last 12 years.



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Nigerian police rescue 67 from 'inhuman' conditions at Islamic 'school'

Nigerian police rescue 67 from 'inhuman' conditions at Islamic 'school'The raid in Katsina, the northwestern home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, came less than a month after about 300 men and boys were freed from another supposed Islamic school in neighboring Kaduna state where they were allegedly tortured and sexually abused. “In the course of investigation, sixty-seven persons from the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains,” Katsina police spokesman Sanusi Buba said in a statement.



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Norwegian Cruise Line Passengers Mutiny Over Changed Plans and Poor Conditions

Norwegian Cruise Line Passengers Mutiny Over Changed Plans and Poor ConditionsIt is not clear if the rebellion was sparked by the clogged toilets or the canceled visit to Scotland, but passengers on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship had had enough. In recent days, travelers on the "mystical fjords" voyage in Europe have staged (and live tweeted) a veritable mutiny after inclement weather forced repeated changes to their itinerary and trapped them at sea.The ship, called Norwegian Spirit, departed from Southampton, England, recently for a 14-day voyage with planned stops in the Netherlands, Norway and Iceland. But those plans were scuttled by bad weather, forcing the ship to plan new stops — some of which were then also canceled because of the weather. Passengers said they were stuck at sea for three days.By Monday, a fed-up — and social media-savvy — group of passengers rallied in the ship's atrium to vent their outrage at the crew, demand a refund from the company and post images and video of their revolt on newly created Twitter and YouTube accounts. They described the scene as a "riot" and "open rebellion.""Buddy, you're not a manager, we want the head — who is driving the boat?" a passenger in one video asked a uniformed crew member, who stood flanked by security personnel in a crowd of angry vacationers. Nearby, a woman screamed."What you're doing right now is you're not helping the situation, you're getting people amped up," the passenger said to the crew member. Later, looking into the camera, the passenger said: "Nothing on this itinerary is the same. Nothing is the same. Not one thing."Passengers shared grim images of their trip on Twitter, including video and pictures of toilets that did not flush, a picture of a uniformed crew member in a scrum of angry passengers grabbing one of them by the wrist, and a receipt for a $ 79 tour of the ship that included a visit to the laundry room."After three days floating around the Atlantic the bathrooms are backing up, not flushing, and out of order today on Norwegian Spirit," one protester, Cody McNutt, wrote on a Twitter account he started to share updates from the protests. He said it "smelled like sewage in public areas on the ship."McNutt wrote that the ship was scheduled to dock in Southampton on Friday but that he had gotten off at an earlier port."Many passengers got off the ship when it stopped after 3 days stuck floating the ocean, fearing for their safety and health," he wrote.Another video showed crew members retreating up a staircase to escape dozens of angry passengers in the ship's atrium, many of whom could be seen holding their phones over their heads to record the mayhem. The man being booed was the captain, the passengers said."We don't want to be on this ship!" one man yelled, as the crew members clambered up the stairs. Another man agreed, yelling, "We want off the ship!"In another video, passengers at a reception desk can be seen angrily reacting to staff members who advised them to call the cruise line's Miami headquarters for information.Again, many of the passengers can be seen recording the scene with their phones. "It's a good thing we got this fancy new phone here for our trip," a woman quipped.A representative for Norwegian Cruise Line declined on Thursday to provide a day-by-day breakdown of events on the ship or to provide its original and modified itineraries. In a statement, the company pleaded for calm."We understand that it is disheartening when we are unable to call on ports that our guests have been looking forward to visiting," the company said. "However, we do ask for our guests' patience, cooperation and understanding that severe weather conditions are an act of God and cannot be controlled, influenced or remediated by the cruise line."A spokesman said that the itinerary was changed because of "severe weather conditions" and that the company had offered its passengers 25% off the cost of a future cruise.But on social media, the protesters said that offer was not enough.They held up signs in the ship's atrium and chanted: "Refund! Refund! Refund!"This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company



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