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Wednesday, November 1, 2017


LAS Tower Notes:  ALL TIMES IN UTC (+7HRS PT) for 10/1/2017 (10/2/2017 in UTC)

Shooting started (as reported) at 05:04:00 UTC.  The following is an audio transcription of the KLAS Las Vegas Air Control Tower as it regards to helicopters that were airborne as well as the active shooter situation.  First mention of helicopters starts around 05:13UTC (10:13 PT Local Time):

  1. 05:13:13 -  “Maverick 34 from Tower, proceed as requested.  You guys have any idea what’s going on there across the street?”  
  2. 05:13:20- (UNITELLIGIBLE)
  3. 05:13:22: I just thought you left there. Across the street? Over by the Luxor?”
  4. 05:13:29 - (UNITELLIGIBLE)
  5. 05:13;32 - “OK, thanks.”
  6. 05:13:38- (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
  7. 05:13:40 - “We just see a lot of police cars. Like uh, And more uh, just headed that way.”
  8. 05:14:19- “Maverick 27 Las Vegas Tower, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) both ways.”
  9. 05:14:29 - (UNKNOWN TRANSMITTER) “Hey tower, I think the concert ended thats why the police are there.  It’s getting out. Eh.. 32 Garage 3000.”
  10. 05:14:46- “Did the concert need the police?”
  11. 05:14:48 - (UNKNOWN RESPONSE) “Nah, I think that it was… I’m not sure what kind of concert it was… But I think that it’s uh … I think its just getting out, and they’re blocking up the road, they’re getting people out of there.”
  12. 05:14:55- “OK.. makes sense.”
  13. 05:16:46- “Maverick 16, (UNITNELLIGIBLE) the garage.”
  14. 05:17:22- (12 minutes after shooting starts at Mandalay Bay) “Intel for all helicopters… I have information on an active shooter at Mandalay Bay… uh use caution if you want, to uh, re-route, and head back inbound and then maybe approach from the south… let me know what you want to do…”
  15. 05:17:48- “Maverick 4 radar contact… did you get the uh message about the uh situation?”
  16. 05:17:52-“Roger, yeah we heard what you said… we’ll uh.. fax them about them and see what they want to do… thanks.”
  17. 05:17:58- “OK, I highly suggest, maybe uh routing further west, and then coming in from the south… Im not gonna depart… uh I think what I want to do is just get you guys back on the ground.”
  18. 05:18:10- “OK… yeah, we can uh, uh, let you know, 10-4.”
  19. 05:18:20- “ok 3497, we’re not gonna be departing for a few minutes… uh… uh yeah I will have information for you in a few…”
  20. 05:18:37- “Primary 16 High Roller… 3000”
  21. 05:18:41- “Maverick 16 Roger… continue uh northbound”
  22. 05:18:44- “Alright uh Maverick 32.. and uh this is for all the Mavericks… what I want you to do is do not proceed any further south.. I want you to go west for 3 miles and then south until you are south of the field and approach from the south.”
  23. 05:19:01- “Ok Tower.. Maverick 32 first one we’re heading out to the west right from here.”
  24. 05:19:05- “Maverick 3 follow your Company”
  25. 05:19:06- “Maverick 3 following Company”
  26. 05:19:08- “Maverick 27 follow the Company”
  27. 05:19:09- “Roger 27”
  28. 05:19:12- “Maverick 9 follow the _______ hit”
  29. 05:19:14- “Roger that”
  30. 05:19:17- (Maverick 32) “Take it out uh west of the uh _________ is that what you’re saying?”
  31. 05:19:22- “Uh yeah… gimme another mile from there just to be uh safe.. um… there, there might be more to this,  I’m not sure.”
  32. 05:19:48- “Maverick 21 uh just follow your Company ahead.. we are uh we are re-routing you around a situation there….over the strip…”
  33. 05:19:54- “ah 21” (Maverick 21 acknowledged)
  34. 05:20:00 - “Maverick 4 and twenty…seven… (27)… lemme just confirm thats who’s there… oh make that 16… Maverick 4 and 16…”
  35. 05:20:08- “Primary 4 I’m _______” (Maverick 4)
  36. 05:20:09- “copy also sixteen” (Maverick 16)
  37. 05:20:11- “Thanks guys” (LAS)
  38. 05:20:26- (2Aplha98 ???) “(2A98) there’s uh one _______ between two thousand eight hundred bearing west… whats that about?”
  39. 05:20:32- “2Alpha98 remain outside the bravo… we have a situation over the strip… uh.. still don’t have all the details yet… but remain outside the bravo airspace.”
  40. 05:20:42- “2Alpha98 bravo 118”
  41. 05:21:13- “Tower from Maverick ____ would it be possible ____ to the south to clear to land?”
  42. 05:21:20- “Yeah thats what Im saying… I want to uh… around that situation and come in from the south… if you need to cross the numbers of 25 right… thats approved… we have traffic landing on 25 Left.”
  43. 05:21:33- “Ok the first runs I get to I will be dropping in from the south.”
  44. 05:21:56- “Central 5 Las Vegas Tower”
  45. 05:21:59- “Central 5 I need you over on 119.9… you are cleared to enter the bravo airspace… the helicopters there are maneuvering around the situation there?”
  46. 05:22:13- “Delta Four Eighty Six… you may pick up smoke… the helicopters will be at your one o’clock… they are going to stay to your north… they are landing on the ramp they should be no factor for you…”
  47. 05:22:23- “Copy Delta 486… we got a couple of them in sight now…”
  48. 05:22:49- “ _____________ …. I don’t know if you got it…but they are saying the shooter is possibly on the upper levels on the east side.. for aircraft flying over there..”
  49. 05:23:40- “10-4 3497, as soon as these helicopters are down we are gonna start rolling… should be about four or five minutes…”
  50. 05:23:51- “Maverick 32 were just north over the ________”
  51. 05:23:57- (LAS Tower) “One more time for that?”
  52. 05:23:58- “Maverick 32 we’re just gonna turn back north here _____________”
  53. 05:24:02- “Maverick 32, Roger.”
  54. 05:24:48- “Am I clear to cross the runway here?”
  55. 05:24:49- “Maverick 3 AFFIRMATIVE and remain clear of runway 2-6 Left… traffic landing.”
  56. 05:25:32- “__________ are we clear to go?”
  57. 05:25:34- “Maverick 9 affirmative.”
  58. 05:25:58- “Maverick 9 uh if you follow your Company you will be just fine… what Im concerned about is setting off the uh ground radars up… and that would make me have to ________ send aircraft en route… so whatever you are doing is fine right there.”
  59. 05:26:03- “Maverick 21 just follow your Company. Maverick 4 and 16 same for you guys.”
  60. 05:26:17- “Vegas Tower CareFlight 1… at 10 miles to the south with Delta inbound for Spring Valley Hospital please.”
  61. 05:26:24- “CareFlight 1 that plus 4-2-1-3 … cleared to enter class Bravo airspace… there is a situation over the uh strip… i need you to remain at least 3 miles away from that at all times… proceed direct.”
  62. 05:26:37- “Proceeding direct… will maintaining 3 miles from the strip.. Care Flight 1.”
  63. 05:27:01- “Tower ____ 88”
  64. 05:27:07- “That’s 788?
  65. 05:27:08- “Yeah. we’re gonna… we’re gonna return to ______ they have a medical in the back here..”
  66. 05:27:16- “_____788 make the right turn on Bravo, remain this frequency, and um, I’ll call the ramp…”
  67. 05:28:54- “LAS VEGAS TOWER… MOBILE 7 ___”
  68. 05:27:58- “Mobile 7 go ahead”
  70. 05:28:07- “1-9 Right is closed immediately.”
  71. 05:31:15- “18-53 Heavy, make the left on bravo 5 charlie to the ramp… and just be advised there is an active shooter on the airport.. uh… this is a blanket broadcast for all aircraft… uh… just a heads up.. keep your feet up to the ramp….”
  72. 05:31:33- (MOBILE 7) _______________________”
  73. 05:31:35- “Mobile 7… 1-9 and Left… um… approved… cross 1-9 and Left off _______”

The above transcription was performed by Scott Anthony after extensive review.  The following helicopters were identified at least via the audio of the KLAS Tower between the hours of 05:00-05:31UTC on 10/2/2017 (10:00PM - 10:31PM PT on 10/1/2017):

1. Maverick 3
2. Maverick 4
3. Maverick 9
4. Maverick 16
5, Maverick 21
6. Maverick 27
7. Maverick 32
8. Maverick 34

A total of EIGHT Maverick Company "touring" helicopters were airborne during the time of the terrorist attack at the Route 91 Harvest / Mandalay Bay event on 10.1.2017

Disclaimer:  Audio interpretations are subject to error.  The audio source will be uploaded and linked to this report so readers can determine accuracy / make their own opinions.  No opinion is provided by the author of this transcription.  The above merely entails evidence and factual data that must be taken into account when reviewing the events of 10/1/2017.

The following aircraft appeared to have anomalies with either their callsigns or beacon data.  No assertion of wrong-doing is being made here.  This information is public sourced, and is merely being looked at to determine the cause for the missing flight data on 10/1/2017

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