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  • >>> THIS IS AN NBC SPECIAL

  • REPORT.

  • HERE IS KATE SNOW.

  • >> GOOD AFTERNOON.

  • WE ARE COMING ON WITH AIR WITH

  • MORE ON THE DEATH OF KOBE

  • BRYANT.

  • HIS DAUGHTER AND OTHERS KILLED

  • IN A HELICOPTER CRASH.

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE

  • ABOUT TO HOLD A PRESS

  • CONFERENCE.

  • LET'S LISTEN IN.

  • >> GOOD AFTERNOON.

  • MY NAME IS DARRELL OZBY, I'M THE

  • FIRE CHIEF OF THE LOS ANGELES

  • COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT.

  • I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR COMING

  • HERE TO TODAY'S BRIEFING OF THE

  • INCIDENT.

  • TODAY, SHORTLY BEFORE 10:00 AT

  • 9:47 A.M., THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • RECEIVED A 911 CALL OF A

  • POTENTIAL HELICOPTER DOWN AND A

  • BRUSHFIRE AT INTERSECTION OF LAS

  • VIRGENES ROAD AND WILLOW GLEN

  • STREET.

  • UPON ARRIVAL FIREFIGHTERS

  • DISCOVERED A BRUSHFIRE THAT

  • RESULTED FROM THE CRASH ON THE

  • HILLSIDE.

  • THE LOS ANGELES FIRE

  • DEPARTMENT'S INITIAL RESPONSE

  • WAS 56 PERSONNEL THAT CONSISTED

  • OF PARAMEDICS, ENGINE COMPANY,

  • EVERY RESCUE, TRUCK COMPANY,

  • CREWS AND AIRCRAFT AND A CHIEF

  • OFFICER TO OVERSEE THE INCIDENT.

  • UPON ARRIVAL DURING THE

  • INCIDENT, UPON ARRIVALLE OF THE

  • SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT OUR TWO

  • RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTS ENTERED

  • INTO THE UNIFIED COMMAND TO

  • HANDLE THIS INCIDENT.

  • OUR FIR FIREFIGHTERS INDICATED

  • THIS WAS A BRUSHFIRE.

  • OUR FIREFIGHTERS HIKED INTO THE

  • SITE WITH THE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

  • AND HOSE LINES TO EXTINGUISH THE

  • FIRE AS IT INCLUDED THE

  • BRUSHFIRE, THE DEBRIS FROM THE

  • HELICOPTER AND THE FIRE ALSO

  • INCLUDED MAGNESIUM, WHICH IS

  • VERY HARD FOR FIREFIGHTERS TO

  • EXTINGUISH BECAUSE MAGNESIUM

  • REACTS WITH OXYGEN AND WATER.

  • AND IN ADDITION TO OUR

  • FIREFIGHTERS HIKING INTO THE

  • INCIDENT WE HAD ONE HELICOPTER

  • FLYING TO THE INCIDENT WITH

  • FIREFIGHTER PARAMEDICS ON BOARD

  • AND THEY WERE POINTED DOWN TO

  • THE INCIDENT EARLY INTO THE

  • INCIDENT.

  • THEY DID A SEARCH OF THE AREA

  • FOR SURVIVORS.

  • UNFORTUNATELY, ALL OF THE

  • SURVIVORS ON BOARD WERE

  • DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN

  • PERISHED.

  • THE FIREFIGHTERS AND HAND CREWS

  • WORKED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE

  • WHILE CAREFULLY PRESERVING THE

  • INCIDENT FOR INVESTIGATION.

  • CURRENTLY THE INVESTIGATION IS

  • ONGOING.

  • I WOULD LIKE TO TURN THIS OVER

  • TO MY SHERIFF TO CONTINUE THE

  • PRESS BRIEFING.

  • >> THANK YOU, CHIEF OZBY.

  • PERSONNEL FROM LOS ANGELES FIRE

  • STATION RESPONDED TO THE SCENE

  • OF THE CRASH SITE.

  • AND SINCE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • AND WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A

  • CONTAINMENT AREA AND NOW OUR

  • BUREAU HAS A HANDLE ON THE

  • AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS WHEN IT'S A

  • FATALITY AND THEN IT SWITCHES TO

  • THE NTSB AND THE FEDERAL

  • AVIATION ADMINISTRATION.

  • THE FAA.

  • THE FAA IS ALREADY ON SCENE AND

  • ASSISTING AND WE'RE AWAITING THE

  • ARRIVAL OF THE CORONER'S OFFICE

  • TO ASSIST IN THE RECOVERY OF THE

  • REMAINS.

  • THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS.

  • WE HAVE A MANIFEST THAT

  • INDICATES THAT THERE WAS NINE

  • PEOPLE ON BOARD THE AIRCRAFT.

  • THE PILOT PLUS EIGHT

  • INDIVIDUALS.

  • THERE WAS WIDE SPECULATION AS TO

  • WHO THE IDENTITIES ARE, HOWEVER,

  • IT WOULD BE ENTIRELY

  • INAPPROPRIATE TO IDENTIFY

  • ANYBODY BY NAME UNTIL THE

  • CORONER HAS MADE THE

  • IDENTIFICATION THROUGH THEIR --

  • AND THEY MADE THE NOTIFICATIONS

  • TO THE NEXT OF KIN AND IT WOULD

  • BE EXTREMELY DISRESPECTFUL TO

  • LEARN THAT YOUR LOVED ONE

  • PERISHED FROM TMZ.

  • WE'LL LET THE CORONER DO HIS JOB

  • AND ASSISTING THE FAMILIES OF

  • THOSE WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE

  • BEEN IMPACTED.

  • IT'S A TOUGH PROCESS.

  • ALL THE FAMILY OF EVERYBODY ON

  • BOARD THIS AIRCRAFT GOD BLESS

  • THEIR SOULS.

  • SO WE HAVE NOTHING THAT WE CAN

  • ADD UNTIL THE CORONER DOES THEIR

  • JOB.

  • WE'LL BE MAKING THE

  • NOTIFICATIONS WHEN WE HAVE THAT

  • INFORMATION AND WE KNOW THE NEXT

  • OF KIN HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.

  • THEY WILL BE NOTIFIED IN THE

  • SUBSEQUENT ANNOUNCEMENT.

  • >> DO WE HAVE A CONFIRMATION

  • ACTUALLY OF NINE BODIES THERE

  • ANOTHER THE SCENE?

  • >> THAT IS OUR BELIEF, YES.

  • >> SO WE REALIZE AT THIS POINT

  • THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS,

  • THERE'S LOT OF INFORMATION OUT

  • THERE.

  • AND WE UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW,

  • THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION

  • EXPLODING BUT WE HAVE A

  • RESPONSIBILITY AND OBLIGATION

  • OUT OF RESPECT OF COURSE TO THE

  • FAMILY AND THIS IS A VERY

  • DIFFICULT TIME FOR THE CITY.

  • WE HAVE THE MAYOR OF CAL --

  • CALABASAS AND FOR THOSE WHO WANT

  • TO GATHER HERE, IF YOU DO, YOU

  • ARE WELCOME TO JOIN OTHERS AT

  • THE PARK HERE IN CALABASAS.

  • AND ALSO LAS VIRGENES.

  • WE WILL BE SENDING OUT UPDATES

  • IF THERE'S A PRESS ADVISORY OUT,

  • A NOTIFICATION OF ANOTHER PRESS

  • CONFERENCE ON THE TWITTER AND

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE

  • TODAY.

  • AGAIN, THEY FOR YOUR TIME.

  • >> ALL RIGHT, A VERY BRIEF PRESS

  • CONFERENCE THERE IN CALABASAS,

  • CALIFORNIA.

  • THE SITE OF THE HELICOPTER

  • ACCIDENT THIS MORNING IN THE

  • HILLS.

  • WE AT NBC NEWS HAVE CONFIRMED

  • THAT KOBE BRYANT THE FORMER NBA

  • STAR, THE 20 YEAR MEMBER OF THE

  • LAKERS WAS ON BOARD THAT

  • HELICOPTER.

  • WE JUST LEARNED NOW FROM THE

  • L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF THERE THERE

  • WERE NINE PEOPLE ON BOARD.

  • THAT DIFFERS FROM WHAT WE HAD

  • HEARD EARLIER IN THE DAY.

  • SO PRESUMABLY KOBE BRYANT, PLUS

  • EIGHT OTHERS.

  • STEVE PATTERSON IS IN CALABASAS

  • NEAR THE CRASH SITE AND HE JOINS

  • US NOW.

  • STEVE, I KNOW THERE'S A CROWD