Timeline Of Balloon Boy Events

Events On Thursday, Oct 15, 2009

Here's a timeline of events involving the launch of an experimental balloon and the frantic search for the boy believed to be inside.

Approx. 11:01 a.m. Balloon is accidentally released from the Heene home on Fossil Ridge Drive near Fort Collins, Colo. A home video later released shows a distraught mother and upset father as the balloon lifts into the air from the back yard.

Approx. 11:04 a.m. Richard Heene calls the FAA to report the balloon accidentally launched and that his 6-year-old son may be inside. FAA advises Heene to call 911.

Approx. 11:10 a.m. The family begins a search of the home for Falcon Heene.

Approx. 11:12 a.m. Richard Heene calls the media, asking for a helicopter to track the balloon with his son inside.

11:22 a.m. Mayumi Heene calls 911. The call goes to Fort Collins police who transfer the call to Larimer County. Richard Heene comes on the line and reports the balloon with his son on board came loose "20 minutes ago." He sounds distraught as he describes the electrical charge of "one million volts" that builds up on the outer skin every five minutes. A 911 operator loses contact with Heene and says, "My caller is completely gone."

12:06 p.m.: Fort Collins police say they don't know the validity of the report of a boy in a helium balloon. Eight officers are dispatched to actively look for the balloon.

12:10 p.m.: The Larimer County Sheriff's Office issues media alert: "Larimer County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services and Patrol have responded to Fossil Ridge Drive in south Fort Collins on a report of a homemade flying saucer built by an adult male that came loose from its tether and has taken off in an easterly direction. Apparently a 6-year-old boy had climbed in the access door and is in this device as it is airborne. It is believed the device could rise to 10,000 feet."

A 7NEWS reporter chasing the balloon says it is near Millikin. The sheriff seeks aerial assistance.

12:21 p.m. A Weld County deputy has balloon in sight near County Road 44 and Highway 85 in Weld County.

12:30 pm. National Guard chopper launches from Buckley Air Force Base.

12:35 p.m. AirTracker 7 locates the balloon and begins sending back live images. Video feed is picked up by FOX News and CNN.

12:42 p.m. A 7News photojournalist arrives at the Heene family home and recognizes the address as the home of an ABC "Wife Swap" family, which we've also featured on 7NEWS.

12:53 p.m. The balloon is reported to be near Hudson, Colo.

1:06 p.m. A DIA spokesman says airport running as normal and there are no aircraft impacted by the incident.

1:13 p.m. Air traffic controllers at DIA tell 7NEWS they have halted takeoffs to the north.

1:15 p.m. A Denver police spokesman says 911 is being inundated by callers with ideas on how to bring the balloon down.

1:28 p.m. Larimer County reports the craft is constructed of plywood and string and was never intended for flight. Live video shows the balloon, at that moment, appearing to descend. One side of the balloon is obviously deflated.

1:30 p.m. The balloon is near Weld County Road 61 and Weld County Road 4. Emergency units and paramedics prepare for the balloon landing.

1:34 p.m. The balloon touches down in a plowed field at County Road 59 and County Road 2, near the Weld County/Boulder County line. Larimer County fire dispatch says on the radio, "Be advised, it's empty. It's empty."

2:01 p.m. Adams County assists Weld County in a ground search for the missing boy.

2:07 p.m. Larimer county issues a news release that says "flying saucer is down in Weld County" and the boy is not on board.

2:08 p.m. The Weld County coroner is in Prospect Valley at County Road 12 and County Road 69 for a "body search." National Guard choppers return to base to conserve fuel.

2:29 p.m. An Air Life helicopter is requested to aid in the search for the missing boy.

2:45 p.m. Larimer County Search and Rescue paged to aid in ground search.

3:30 p.m. Windsor fire and police departments begin searching an area near the Ptarmigan subdivision, west of Windsor. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse begins a search in the area of Timberline (County Road 9E) and Highway 34.

An automated phone call goes out to the neighborhood, asking people to be on the lookout for the 6-year-old boy.

4:00 p.m. Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden begins a scheduled news conference to update the media on the search for Falcon Heene.

4:05 p.m. Alderden is interrupted when he receives word from one of his investigators that Falcon has been found safe at home.

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