2. SOUNDBITE (English) Scott Daehlin, Church in the Canyon employee:
"20 seconds later, just we heard, it was not a big explosion. It was just a big thud. Just a big heavy sigh like throwing a boulder against the wall. And I heard the fuselage breakup, pieces, fiberglass and plexiglass break and the rotors immediately went silent. So within half a second. A quarter or a half a second. I didn't see the fire or the smoke. My heart sank and I just thought to myself, oh my God, what happened just didn't. But it did happen. So I immediately pulled out my phone called 911. What's the nature of your emergency? I said, I'm sorry to report, but I think that a helicopter has just gone down."
3. Parking lot
4. Wide, Church in the Canyon exterior
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Scott Daehlin, Church in the Canyon employee:
"I was on the phone with dispatch. They were trying to make sure that I didn't misrepresent something or misinterpret something. They thought there used to be a gun club. It might've been a shotgun blast with that trap and skeet. It's not been there for years and years and years. So I said no, it was not that. An aircraft went down."
6. hillside near crash site
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Gerry Kochria, Church in the Canyon member:
"I follow the helicopter until this, Las Virgenes Road. I lost the object because because it was foggy, I could not see. But I heard the noise of the helicopter skip. And like only a second later, I heard some explosion. Two seconds later, biggest one, boom boom, like that. I thought somebody's doing something, groundfire, they didn't realize, oh, this helicopter was crashed."
A witness says the helicopter crash that killed nine people including former NBA star Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California on Sunday sounded like 'a big thud.'
"20 seconds later, just we heard, it was not a big explosion. It was just a big thud. Just a big heavy sigh like throwing a boulder against the wall. And I heard the fuselage breakup, pieces, fiberglass and plexiglass break and the rotors immediately went silent," Scott Daehlin commented on Monday.
The pilot of the helicopter told air traffic controllers in his last radio message that he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer before plunging more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) into a hillside, an accident investigator said.
Radar indicated the helicopter reached a height of 2,300 feet (701 meters) Sunday morning before descending, and the wreckage was found at 1,085 feet (331 meters), Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board said during a news conference Monday afternoon.