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YSR's chopper crash: Timeline

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 02, 2009
First Published: 17:49 IST(2/9/2009) | Last Updated: 16:18 IST(3/9/2009)

Here is the timeline of how events related to Andhra CM YSR Reddy's disappearance unfolded since Wednesday morning.


8:30 AM: CM YS Reddy boarded Bell 430 chopper from Hyderabad airport on Wednesday morning.

9:35 AM: Chopper went off the radar of ATC Hyderabad

10:15 AM: The chopper lost all contacts

11:30 AM: Initial reports of chopper making forced landing at Kurnool spread.

12:15 PM: Reports of YSR missing

1:00 PM: Home Ministry said Andhra CM untraceable

1:30 PM: Unconfirmed reports in media said YSR safe, landed in Kurnool forest

2:00 PM: Andhra government, Home ministry said to have been monitoring situation

3:00 PM: Andhra govt confirmed CM had gone missing, search ops on

3:30 PM: Congress in press meet called it crisis situation

6 PM: Search operations by ten helicopters on in six district

Late night: Night vision surveillance on; ISRO and Sukhoy fighter plane assisted in search for the chopper

9 AM: YSR's chopper found in mangled, burnt state

10 AM: Survivors after the chopper crash unlikely

10:30 AM: 5 dead bodies found from the chopper; No official confirmation

11:00 AM: Andhra CM YSR declared dead

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