flybucky wrote:NTSB Media Briefing by Jennifer Homendy from NTSB
((* Parties to the investigation and investigation groups named as typical for an NTSB investigation.))
* 2 Pratt & Whitney ((Canada PT6)) engines
* Asked public for photos of the weather in the area [email protected]
((* Drones being used to collect measurements.))
* FBI there to help collect evidence, no criminal investigation.
((* VFR from John Wayne (SNA) to just southeast of Burbank airport (BUR)))
((* Pilot requested Special VFR clearance to transit controlled airspace "at less than the basic VFR minimums of 1,000 ceiling and 3 miles visibility.))
* Circling ((for 12 minutes)) was to wait for SVFR approval.
((* Aircraft "transited Burbank and Van Nuys airspace at 1,400 feet."))
* Pilot requested flight following to Camarillo. (("but Southern California TRACON advised they were too low for flight following."))
* Pilot told ATC he was climbing to avoid cloud layer, no reply after that.
((* "Radar data indicates the helicopter climbed to 2,300 feet, then began a left descending turn."))
* Last radar contact 9:45am [matches ADS-B]
* Another press briefing tomorrow. ((monitor Twitter @NTSB_newsroom))
* NTSB will be on scene for 5 days ((to collect perishable evidence, not to determine the cause on scene)).
((* Q:Was the helicopter going too fast? A: "We still need to verify that information."))
* What is flight following? radar assistance for the flight. (("and to help the pilot avoid traffic."))
((*Q: "Did anyone else report similar issues in this weather? A: That is part of our interview process and we'll be looking into that."))
((* Q: Should the pilot have been flying in the fog? A: We'll have to look at that as part of our investigation.))
((* NTSB on scene several hours this morning.))
* Debris field about 500-600 ft. Fuselage, main rotor, tail in separate places ((described as a piece of the tail section on one side of a vertical ridge, the main body of wreckage on the other of the ridge, and the main rotor about 300 feet beyond the fuselage.))
* No black box, no CVR, no FDR. (not required)
* Only an ipad for flight planning. ((using ForeFlight software in flight))
((* Q: Any chance of survival? A: Part of the investigation, "it was a pretty devastating accident scene."))
((* Q: Is 12 minutes normal hold for permission to proceed? A: Not unusual.))
((* Q: Conflicts with work of corner recovering bodies? A: None, working together on scene.))
((* Q: Weather investigator? A: Yes, meteorologist on NTSB staff.))
((* Q: All wreckage found in the same location? A: Referenced 500 - 600 feet debris field from previous question and response. Jason's interpretation of response: no separate debris fields as would be seen with a higher altitude in flight breakup.))
* Impact crater is 1085 ft above sea level
((End of NTSB brief. Followed by below selected comments from LA Sheriff:
* Sheriff's Office (SO) frustrated by drones overflying the site. Numerous people on foot intercepted trying to access the crash site over night. No arrests made, people turned away. SO patrolling the hillside on horseback and ATVs.
* LA County SO patrol helicopters out of Long Beach are not IFR equipped; won't fly with a ceiling of less than 2,000 feet.
* First human remains removed last night last night.
* Hillside is so steep that a roadway is being bulldozed for improved access. Access by hiking, lowering from helicopter, horseback, and ATV.
* NTSB reported pilot had over 8,200 hours of flight time.
* No announcement on public memorials for victims.))
Thank you Flybucky for the live notes. I re-listened to the NTSB briefing as covered by KTLA from their Facebook page and added to Flybucky's notes above in (( )).
KTLA briefing video: https://www.facebook.com/ktla5/videos/586170175556898/