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Timeline of Events: Helicopter Crashes into Tennessee River

Monday, April 6

1 p.m. Reports pour in about a helicopter crash on the Tennessee River.

By 2:30 p.m. A command center is been set up in Colbert Ferry Park and search & rescue crews from both Colbert & Lauderdale County arrive at the scene.

10 p.m. Crews suspend search efforts for the night.

Tuesday, April 7

9 a.m. Day two of the search resumes. Crews spend most of the day trying to determine what is river trash and what is actual debris from the wreckage.

2 p.m. Haverfield Aviation lands a helicopter similar to what went down to try and assist search crews. The helicopter flies the path of the downed helicopter, according to witnesses.

7 p.m. Search crews put divers in the water.

8 p.m. The aircraft's location is pinpointed. It is discovered that the pilot is not inside the aircraft.

9 p.m. The search is suspended for the day.

Wednesday, April 8

10 a.m. Crews return to the scene.

11 a.m. NTSB & FAA officials arrive.

12 p.m. Army helicopter, State helicopter & Haverfield helicopter arrive on the scene to assist with the search.

12:30 p.m. Army and state helicopter begin aerial perimeter search. Cadaver dogs are also loaded into dive boats to help locate the pilot.

1:30 p.m. The NTSB holds a media briefing

5:30 p.m. The NTSB leaves for the day and the search effort is suspended for the night.

Thursday, April 9

10:15 a.m. Barge arrives on the scene and the Florence dive team heads out onto the water. Recovery crews are also on scene.

10:45 a.m. Divers in the search the wreckage before attaching crane cables to pull the aircraft from the river.

Monday, April 13

Following a weekend with no trace of the pilot, Colbert County EMA Director Mike Melton affirms they will continue searching until the pilot is found.

Tuesday, April 14

The body of 54-year-old Abraham Bronn is found some 7 miles from the site of the crash.

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