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>> i'm boiling inside just thinking about it. >> everyone is playing everyone. >> i'm fed up. >> i don't [ bleep ] trust any of it. a surprise announcement about the trip to the u.s. plus trapped at sea the life of enslaved fishermen in southeast asia in a latest freedom project series. and intense weather batters the u.s. ripping removes from buildings and causing flash flooding. hello, everyone, welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. this is cnn newsroom.
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thank you for joining us. we begin in yemen where the saudi-led coalition has stepped up its air strikes against houthi rebels. saudi arabia says it launched 130 air strikes in just 24 hours over the weekend. a moroccan fighter plane taking part in the attacks has gone missing. the home of yemen's former president was leveled by air strikes early sunday. the former president was not hurt. the attacks ahead of a cease-fire set to begin tuesday. saudi arabia suggested the truce. the rebels agreed to help allow much-needed aid into dwryemen. saudi arabia's king has backed out of a summit in washington with u.s. president barack obama.
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it is scheduled to take place while the cease-fire is in effect. earlier i spoke to cnn military analyst rick francona to find out why the saudi king pulled out. >> i think the situation in yemen deterated e e ed yemen deterated e e eeterated the king needs to stay in riyadh. and this is a real problem for them. they have got to get the situation under control. prior to this cease-fire. they have to make the cease-fire work. they have got to bring the yemenese off to the table. i think the situation is critical enough that he believes he should throw off the -- the mission to washington and stay in saudi arabia. i think the arabs are very can ser. concerned about the policy. and worried about the talks with the iranians about the nuclear program and our commitment to security in the gulf. i think all this plays into the saudi decision that they have to pay attention to what is going
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in their own backyard. if we will not help them they will have to address it themselves. it is critical enough he stays there and does it himself. >> rick francona talking to me earlier. okay, let's bring in hakim al-hasmari, a journalist joining us. hakim, we have a lot to cover. let's start with what we know about the missing moroccan jet from the saudi-led coalition in yemen. what information do you have on that? >> as of now the only location where it -- which is from the air strikes yesterday were from the province when the houthi stronghold is located near the saudi border. our communication has been cut since the last two days, saudi arabia cut all communication systems in the province.
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it's hard to confirm from yemen, specifically from communication between the regions. >> a few problems there with your audio. we will continue on here just for a moment. ahead of that much-awaited cease-fire, tuesday that we have been talking about. saudi-led war planes bombed the home of yemen's former president, ali abdullah sali, what do you have on the air strikes and positions there? >> it is not a secret that the ex-president helped the houthis in saana and controlled saana. and a couple weeks ago when sa he was threatened by the saudis he gave into the demand and started steering away from the
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houthis and stepping aside. but the air strikes yesterday made him announce that he would be an ally with the houthis. a major blow for saudi arabia. he is still the president of the most powerful political party in yemen. so this is a major blow. the second air strike on hiss house. tried to target him directly. after the first air strike. he went to the residence. made an interview. after the interview the air strike took place. basically targeting him directly and trying to target his life. that's why his anger and, he is changing alliances officially right now. >> all right, talking to with our reporter from saana. we apologize for some audio issues there. a weekend of gun fight in
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macedonia left 22 people dead. it all started saturday in the northern city of kumonovo. the government says police raided a group believed to be planning attacks on government institutions. officials say eight officers were killed. at least 14 gunmen also died. family members held a funeral sunday for one of the policemen killed. nato secretary-general has calmed for calm in the country. >> hundred of people were rescued over the weekend from at least two wooden boats stranded off the coast of northern indonesia. the new photos showed the refugees now resting in a shelter. most believed from the myanmar community where sectarian violence caused many of them to leave the country. the refugees have left thailand a week ago, and were found near indonesia's aceh province.
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some died during the journey. >> fiphilippines is on alert fo landslide. the typhoon made landfall, bringing wind gusting 315 kilometers per hour. thousand of people were forced to move to evacuation centers. cnn philippines reporter trisha tarata described the conditions there. >> reporter: the situation is very different compared to yesterday. where typhoon was packing wind of 160 kilometers. locals were expecting harsher impact on their property. last night we had seen metal roofs, going away, flying over different parts of santa ana. small trees were uprooted. we could hear the wind. there was zero visibility for motorists, it was really risky for anyone to be out on the road last night. but even then, locals were still coming in to evacuation camps in
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the middle of the onslaught. most residents left their home barely two hours before the landfall i was a struggle particularly for the elderly, the children and the babies. right now, some of them have returned home. the coastal area. trying to get back. >> and authorities have issued the highest storm warning for the area, the storm has weakened, and changed direction. now it is forecast to move toward japan's okinawa island. >> in the united states, severe weather threatens more than 30 million people creating scenes like this. >> there goes the school! there goes the school! that's not casey's, that's the [ bleep ] school! >> unbelievable. later this hour more on the harsh storms creating heavy rain, flash flooding and tornados across the midwestern u.s.
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>> damascus is accusing turkey's prime minister of aggression after he crossed into neighboring syria unannounced. turkish prime minister visited an historic tomb sunday. the site is located in a nearby border town. the syrian government released a statement saying he infiltrated its territory and broke international accords. syria has been locked in a bloody civil war for four years. and as battles flare up, near the country's southern border with israel, military hospitals, on the israeli side, are taking in wounded rebels. cnn's oren lieberman visited one hospital where they're treating syrian rebels no questions asked. >> reporter: we can show you the foot but not the face of 7-year-old jamaal who has been through hell and come out smiling. jamaal's family is from war-torn
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syria, a rocket destroyed his leg, scarring his skin. his mother thought he would die. >> translator: he needed nine packs of blood they didn't have. he went into a coma for 20 days as a result she says. 18 surgeries later, jamaal is walking again. after treatment at the hospital in northern israel. one of a group of israeli hospitals that has treated 2,000 injured syrians. most of the wounded who come for treatment are men. we have hidden their faces and changed their names because they fear they may be targeted at hope after being treated in israel. injuries speak of combat, shrapnel wound. broken bones. 24-year-old yazan will return to syria with a metal brace in his leg, result of a rocket attack on the rebel army fighting to topple the syrian government. >> translator: i was not afraid to come, they told me it is the best for the treatment i need he says. my enemy is the syrian regime. syria's civil war is well into the fourth year.
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frontier across from the golan height once controlled by syrian forces but in the hand of the rebels led by the free syrian army. the israeli military which brings syrian patient to the hospital has no official position on syrian civil war but lieutenant colonel peter learner. >> has israel treated militants? >> when somebody comes to the border we don't ask them who they are. we make sure they don't have any weapons. they get medical aid they require. >> reporter: in the hospital, questions of religion and politics matter little to dr. alex learner within of the world's expert on traumatic battlefield injuries. he worries about saving lives and limbs. >> i hope maybe our treatment may be one small storm in the new building of peace in our region. maybe. >> reporter: meanwhile, 7-year-old jamaal is finally ready to leave the hospital. he plays with our microphone, holding it like a rifle. i'm going to press, he says, i
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note g i know the gun very well. jamaal sings a tune to pass the time. it is a song of revolution. oren lieberman, cnn. and you are in the "cnn newsroom." still to come, he was one of the lucky ones. >> translator: many of my friend died in indonesia and their graves were marked with the wrong names. like if i died, my grave would not bear my nachme. it would bear some one else's. i'm speaking to you on behalf of many lost souls who could not come home. >> one fisherman's nightmare, six year journey out of slavery at sea. plus later this hour, two u.s. police officers gunned down during a routine traffic stop. the suspects are in custody and a community is in mourning.
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cnn freedom project is our ongoing mission to bring an end to modern day slavery and human trafficking. this toime our focus is slavery at sea. there are some 4 million ships in the global fishing fleet. three quarters of which operate in asian waters. 90% of the workers on board those ships are small scale operators from developing nations. roughly 10% of the population makes its living in the seafood industry. in a recent crackdown on illegal fishing in waters around southeast asia, the indonesian government called in fishing ships. thousand of men came off those ships. and many reported being forced to work as slave labor in unspeakable conditions. one fisherman, who just made it
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home after six nightmare years in captivity shared his story with cnn's reporter. >> translator: who in here is tired? asks this reporter? >> translator: i am, almost every single one replies. more than a dozen men crammed into a room. filmed by thailand's channel 3. just one fisherman is allowed out to buy food. the tv reporter convinces him to let them in. it is a make shift jail. a virtual cage in the basement of a fishing company on an indonesian island. local police say they have nothing to do with it. the fishing company detaining them says they have been here only two days for questioning. but these men say they have been here three months. the team takes photographs, notes names. they will try to find their families to tell them they're still alive. the jail is on benjina island
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eastern indonesia. one of many places where indonesian authorities have intercepted boats on charges of illegal fishing. the vessels are often manned by fishermen from across southeast asia. many of whom say they're being used as slave labor. further west on ambon island a boat was forced into port and the crew held for questioning. among them, this man, now back home in thailand. he recounts his nightmarish experience on board the ship. he tells me how he barely slept between long shifts on deck. he tells us he injured his hand. he thinks the bone was broken or tendon torn but was forced to carry on working. he and the others say they were often beaten by the captain. >> translator: he kicked and punched me. in the nose and mouth, bleeding. i still have my jaw hurts every
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time i chew. >> reporter: in desperation he wrote an open letter to the thai prime minister asking for help. signed by dozens of others from neighboring countries. that got him freed from indonesian custody and flown to thailand in march. he says he wanted to escape, but told us the captain held on to all of the workers' documents. beside he says, the captain gave hem a seaman's passport with a false name on it. a paper document that can easily be forged. >> translator: i kept thinking about my family. there were times, i was about to jump into the sea to kill myself. my friend held me back. other wise i would be dead by now. he breaks down. we give him a moment. but six years of abuse has taken its toll.
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>> translator: i felt so desperate. i had to live on solid frozen blocks of fish. 20, 25 kilos. sometimes thrown and hit my b y body. i was forced to work in a freezer room for long hours. i wanted to die. my buddy couldn't take it any more. i cried countless times. i was doing it for the money. they said you could have big money. but i ended up in debt. and nowhere. a commission fee to the agent. a payment for bringing the workers to the boat. paying money to be used as slave labor. he has got new documents. sleeping in a labor rights group office with the help of activists he is fighting a legal battle for compensation. he won't name the company
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fearing he won't be paid or worse, a backlash. activists estimate potentially there could be up to 3,000 trafficked victims working on boats in these seas. initially we found homeless thais on the island with no food. and then we start to find graves of perished sea crew. turns out there are so many. on benjimina, we found 70. we decided to do our best to bring back those alive before they die like the others. >> reporter: as well as thai fishermen there are workers from cambodia, lao and myanmar. and sure, this man's story isn't new. we have heard it so many, many times before. and that is the tragedy. it still goes on. >> translator: many of my friend died in indonesia. and their graves were marked
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with the wrong names. like if i died, my grave would not bear my name. but it would bear some one else's. i'm speaking to you on behalf of many lost souls who could not come home. >> now we are joined now from bangkok, thailand. the details are simply horg f-- horrifying. how is the thai government doing to respond, and what is tight do to stop the fishing boats from forcing men into slave labor? >> yeah, a long time coming, rosemary. this has been going on so many, many years. and, each year we have heard the government say that they will do something about it. it does seem now that they are implementing some kind of regulations and changes. it might seem basic to you or me. things like joint inspections of various departments that are responsible. the fisheries department. labor department. to go on board and inspect
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boats. not just when they go out of port. when they come back in. to check the people on board, are leaving, who they say they are, and the same people are coming back and their time away is limited. this man that i interviewed was away six years. he dent waidn't want to be. a crucial change they're making, they say they're going to install vms, vehicle monitoring system. gps if you look to monitor an track ships. to see where they go. these things are finally about to be implemented. it's key. rosemary. >> boat inspection, such an obvious answer, don't they particularly. simon joining us from bangkok in thailand. >> for deeper perspective. turn to david bapstar, at
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university of california-san francisco, and co-fonder of not for sale. a global organization aimed at ending modern day slavery. thank you, sir for talking with us. let's start by taking a closer look at the extent of this use of slave labor in the fishing industry. how often does this happen? what number of fishermen do you think we are talking about who are working here as slaves? >> there are probably as many as 300,000 individuals who are working in the fishing industry in thailand alone. as many as 40% of them are living in forced labor. so it is quite extensive. and the treatment of these individuals is just barbaric. >> it is just horrifying. this is just one of so many stories. when you are talking about 40%
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of 300,000 fishermen. that's horrifying. so what, are the governments of both indonesia. not just thailand. what are they doing about the problem. where have they been. she mentioned boat inspections. this is something new. but something so obvious. why wouldn't they have been doing this on a regular basis, boarding the boats, surprising them. and checking who is on board. and whether these people were working under these forced labor situations. >> well, there is one really simple answer. so much money is being made on this industry. one thai company, largest shrimp company in thailand generates $30 billion of revenue a year. see the size of the interview. u.s. supermarkets and
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restauran restaurants. are all participating toward this drive. getting cheap fish. cheap shrimp, cheap prawns. everyone looks the other way. the problem with the, tracking that is happening is that the thai government is putting into place licensing, registration, monitoring. for every one boat there are ten they call ghost boats. boats that are able to go, without any kind of monitoring or registration. you are seeing an underground not monitored closely. >> you mentioned those companies in america, some of these brands, some of these stores, some of these distributors. how aware are they? you say they're turning a blind eye. suggests you think they're aware of the fact that some of these produce has, has been brought to them through slave labor. i have spent time with senior
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executives of one of the largest grocery chains in america. he went to thailand. he saw firsthand. well not a lot of options for us to be able to find other supply chains and keep our pricing objective. there is no doubt everyone knows what is going on. just the fact that no one is willing to pay for a system that allows people to be paid fairly and to work freely. >> well, we have known and we have seen in the past people who really are aware of these situations have boycotted products. we may see some sort of situation there ahead. depend how much traction this story gets across the globe. maybe thanks, for joining us. making us aware of some of this. >> thank you very much for covering the topic. >> former captives like the ones you heard about face a long transition to a there mall life. many activists say governments are not making it any easier. when our project series
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continues tuesday. that it comes down to how ex-slaves are viewed by countries like thailand. >> reporter: we contacted the police officials involved in taking the fishermen's statements. two officers told cnn there are many cases that aren't recognized as victims of trafficking. they added this doesn't mean it is the end of the investigation. and things may change. but for the time being, saamalt and others like him aren't considered victims. >> you can find out why that designation matters so much for the former slaves. coming up on "cnn newsroom," 7:00 a.m. in london, 8:00 a.m. in berlin. only here on cnn. fierce storms ripped through parts of the u.s. this weekend. >> there goes the school! there goes the school! >> incredible images there. we will tell you where this twister touched down and what
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world, i'm rosemary church. want to check updated stories for you now. these are the headlines -- in moscow, the german chancellor and the russian president addressed the conflict in eastern ukraine. mr. put spin says some progresss been made. the german chancellor says there is no complete cease-fire and humanitarian aid is badly needed. >> exit poll shows polish
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president in a run-off with conservative challenger. the polish president campaigned on platform of national security. poland has eastern europe's big east con me. some voters fear the country could be the next target after ukraine. the second round of voting takes place may 24th. saudi arabia's king has backed out of a meeting in washington this week. u.s. president barack obama was planning to meet with the saudi leader and other head of state from the gulf cooperation council on wednesday and thursday. the summit takes place at the same time as a cease-fire in yemen between saudi forces and houthi rebels. in the u.s. state of mississippi, a routine traffic stop ended in a hail of gunfire leaving two police officers dead and four suspects charged. the mayor of hattiesburg says the two officers killed saturday night are 34-year-old benjamin
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deen, the city's officer of the year in 2012, and the 25-year-old tate, recent graduate. the four suspects will face a judge monday. the grieving father of officer tate spoke with cnn earlier and said the risks of the job did not deter his son. >> this whole thing about, you know, just notion that all police are out to get people or they're bad -- my son didn't see color. he had so many friend from the time he was a -- in kindergarten, i was military over ten years of his life. group in germany for five year we didn't have color barriers, we don't have animosity between races. my son didn't see that. he didn't have time for that. he was mellow, laid back. and didn't want to get into
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that. and so he was a guy who was willing to -- put the risk out there. put his life out there, at that risk, he really knew the risk. but he thought, i think my son just thought, you know people are generally good. and that's just the way he was. he thought people are generally good people. so let's -- let's treat them all with dignity. >> the mayor of hattiesburg says this is the first time an officer was killed in the line of duty. a vigil planned for officers monday afternoon. >> severe weather threatened 30 million people in the u.s. sunday. more storms are on the way. >> there goes the school! there goes the school! >> a storm chaser captured this video in lake city, iowa. you saw that tornado rip the roof off a high school. people were inside for an event but they're all okay. we are happy to say. the tornado also hit the small
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south dakota town of delmont. 20 buildings damaged or destroyed. no serious injuries to report there, thankfully. in denton, texas, the national guard had to use helicopters to rescue a number of people stranded by flooding. vehicles were underwater and a camera caught at least one of them being swept away. for more on the storms across the u.s., we want to bring in our meteorologist, pedram, it is extraordinary. >> it picked up. just counting, since last wednesday. reported 128 tornados. no other countrien the world sees more than 120 tornados per year. canada sees second highest in world. 100 or so. 128 since last wednesday. united states is 90% of the world's tornados. very, very active. showing you perspective here. we had 24 reports of tornados in the united states on sunday alone. vast majority down across the
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great state of texas, northern texas. eastern portions of oklahoma. notice on the iowa, we talked about, south dakota. zoom in. across the black hills, west of pierre, picking up snow showers. some areas upwards of 2 feet came down. blizzard condition goes back to the east. hour and a half. drive, south of mitchell in south dakota. multiple reports of tornados. we talk about the clash of air masses, sparking up severe weather. this was the case. look at joe depth. rapid city. south dakota. significant accumulations. get up to areas into the rock is. aspen. vail. significant snow there. talk abut severe weather. tornado watch in effect for the next several hours. lack at intensity of lightning strikes. over 700 in the past one hour alone. from tyler, texas, shreveport, louisiana, just a difficult night to get any sort of sleep here. the storm over little rock into
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arkansas. this is not everything we have. we have the snow. severe weather. tropical feature right there. what is left of ana. first storm of season. early storm system to impact the region. maybe the landfall. sunday morning. the big story. when you think of texas. areas indicated in white. northern suburbs of dallas. 10 inches of rainfall or quarter meter has come down in the past couple days over this region. i often kind of take a city internationally. often people associate with rainfall. how much london sees in six months they have seen in two days over texas. >> unbelievable. lot of problems for the u.s. when it comes to the weather you. have it covered. many thanks as always. >> cuban president fidel castro has a new outlook after meeting with pope francis. hear what the long-time atheist has to say about religion now. plus, getting down while trying
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a new ideology. the long time atheist was very impressed by francis' teachings and red all his speeches. mr. castro went on to say he may return to his jesuit roots and rejoin the church. >> i said that if the pope continues to talk as he does, sooner or later i will start praying again and return to the catholic church. and i am not kidding. i am a communist, cuban communist party did not alit. it is being loud now. a step forward. >> how about that. the cute ban leban leader plansd every one of the pope's masses when he visits the cuban island. cuba has a history of persecuting religion since castro claimed power. >> as the mexican legislative election draws near. candidates are vying for votes with catchy campaign videos and ads. rafael romo explains why some
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are saying the trend is a national shame. >> reporter: want to win an election in mexico? what about campaigning as a dancing cowboy with really, i mean, really pointy boots? check out this campaign video by diego leva, candidate for the congress. >> a case where he is trying to target a particular kind of audience or voting? voter? or what's the purpose here? >> i think all politicians the world round look for catchy ways to reach out to secitizens. nothing unusual. mexicans would say that it seems devoid of issues. >> reporter: in early june, mexicans will elect 500 members of congress. several governors and local offices. as the election approaches, candidates seem to be increasingly coming up with campaign videos ranging from the
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funny and unusual. to the erotic like congressional candidate, natalia juarez, shown in bed covered only by sheets. this time around more covered than in her last campaign when she introduced herself on billboard as the candidate with nothing to hide. >> i think they're trying to look like men of the people, occasionally women of the people. they're trying to look like they are, average folks and, and not just politicians. and do something, you know, catchy, folksy. that gets people's attention. >> reporter: a new trend emerged using top hits as theme songs for the campaigns whether the music is mexican or foreign. experts say in most cases, the candidates are using songs without permission in violation of mexican and international law. a candidate from the state of vera cruz chose pharell william'
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"happy." and a mayoral candidate was seen dancing to the tuvenne of a son that need no introduction. but there is a certain irony in this too. rule of law is one of the biggester u eissues on voters' . in mexico. this would see aim violation of law. >> mexican commentator calls the new trend a national shame. >> it is still too early to tell if this strategy pays off. mexican voters will have the last word when they go to the poll, june 7. rafael romoo, cnn, atlanta. >> a pilot looking to make history has a risky flight ahead. coming up we'll talk to the man who will attempt a five day solar powered flight over the pacific ocean. we're back in a moment. (vo) around age 7, the glucose metabolism in a dog's brain
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to fly from china across the pacific to hawaii this week. if the solar impulse is successful, it will be the first time it has ever been done. conditions have to be just right. and it looks as though tuesday could be the day for takeoff for the five-day journey. andre borschberg at the controls, professional airplane and helicopter pilot i spoke to him earlier what he helps to accomplish with the daring venture. andre borschberg, thank you for joining us, and of course as one of the pilots on this solar powered flight, talk to us about how this is going to work, particularly once the sun goes down. >> well that's the challenge as you understood. in fact. the first time that we will try to cross oceans powered by the sun only. it is easy during the day. of course the challenge to make
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it through the night. we had to build an aircraft, extremel extremeliener -- extremely energy efficient. size of the 747, the weight not exceeding that of the car. we have to climb to altitude of everest. 2,000 feet every day to store energy. latitude. and recharge the batteries. with this we can go through the night and be still flying. before the morning when the sunrises again to be able to continue. interestingly, in fact, in trusting in fact, what he have is an airplane now which starts to be sustainable in terms of energy. we can fly for months, don't stop. theoretically. the real challenge. is how to make the pilot sustainable. one on board. >> why did you decide to do this? what exactly are you trying to prove here? >> so what we want to show -- is that with this technologies, we
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can reduce energy consumption. and itch we can do this in an airplane which of course the most difficult because of space, constraints that we have. we can certainly do it on the ground as well in the way we build homes, and our transportation. and appliances if we use. if we could reduce our energy consumptions by 50%. why not only thinking ab ing in producing more energy, instead of thinking use energy in an efficient way. >> fascinating. you are days from doing this yourself. what is the biggest challenge ahead with this. what are you most concerned about? >> it was never done. difficult to compare with existing experience. of course what we have done is a lot of simulation, calalculatio
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and brainstorming. we prepared, how to predict the weather. how to find the flight box. what kind of airplane we need. there is a lot of unknowns. this is what makes the challenge of the flight. but also maybe the interest. in the -- the exciting parts. that is really an exploration leg that we are facing now. >> if you are successful, this will be of course, as you mention, the first oceanic crossing in a solar powered aircraft. what if you aren't successful. if things don't go as planned. >> we have different plans. we have an airplane which is i think really designed to be reliable. experimental airplanes flip over the desert. normally. if-up have a problem you replace them. rehab ill rate. and we will be flying over hang high, over even when i leave the coast of china.
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this airplane was designed in fact to be safe and reliable. we have plane. in the worst case i have a parachute. i have a life raft. we trained how to -- survive in the oceans. so we have prepared for the worst. in someways, it any the best way not to beep afraid. >> you know you can handle it and put it in the corner of your brain. >> it is extra ordinary. we'll be watching closely. you leave, may 12. best of luck to you. appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> very exciting project there. you have been watching "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. join me for another hour of the news and the top stories of course we have been covering. including a live report from rome on raul castro's historic papal visit. do stay with us for that. and a whole lot more.
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