Object 42

The USTC Crash

2033, Hefei, China

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The last known words from Xu Yao at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei were, "stupid copter taking off outside going to check it out", sent via SMS to his sister. His neighbour, Jennifer Liu, was finishing up a homework assignment, while across the hall Tiffany Chen was cooking noodles before a dance class.

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