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eventually to withdraw the film. this is the "cbs morning news." i'm anne-marie green. we have breaking news out of the middle east this morning. an egyptair passenger jet has been hijacked with americans on board. the airbus a320 was flying from alexandria, cairo -- to, rather, cairo when an unknown number of hijackers took control of the jet and flew it to the island of cyprus.
she joins us now on the phone. holly, good were monthmorning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. we're seeing video that appears to show at least some of the passengers from that hijacked plane being released on the tarmac in cyprus. the plane landed there just before 9:00 local time. as to how many passengers have been released, there is not much clarity at this point. local media in cyprus is saying that the hijacker or hijackers agreed to release all the women and children on board. they're saying that 30 to 40 people have been released. other media is reporting that 56 people have been released. we've also heard this morning saying that everyone on board has been released with the exception of the cabin crew and four to five passengers. the reuters news agency is reporting that there were ten american citizens and eight british citizens on board. we can't ind pendly confirm this
to do so. we're also hearing some reports about who the hijacker or one of the hijackers may be. egyptian state media is reporting that he is an egyptian citizen, and local media in cyprus is reporting that he may have personal reasons for doing what he has done. they are saying that he has an ex-wife who is in cyprus. once again, we cannot confirm that. but certainly this incident will bring back memories of the passenger jet that was brought down last october apparently by a bomb. it was en route from sharm el-sheikh to st. petersburg. isis took responsibility for that attack that killed more than 220 people and certainly raised questions about security in egyptian airports. anne-marie? >> clearly a lot is in flux now. it's very early in this incident. holly williams, thank you very much. we're going to bring in cbs news senior national security
juan, we now know that there were americans on board. give us a sense of what may be going on behind the scenes to resolve this situation. >> well, anne-marie, certainly the cypriot authorities are trying to solve this on the ground, working with egyptian authorities as well to try and understand who this hijacker or hijackers are but also to try to communicate with them directly and try to defuse the situation. as holly describes, we've had passengers released. that's very good news. what's troubling here is the fact that they've kept crew members on board and a certain number of passengers. and you worry that those passengers may be westerners. but no doubt they're trying to defuse the situation. certainly in washington, you're going to have people scrambling to understand what this is about, what americans may be at risk, and if this is part of some broader terrorist attack. it doesn't appear to be so given
is in the media currently. but certainly authorities aren't going to take any chances given the current environment. >> yeah, i wanted to ask you about that. we're getting a number of different types of reports, but one is that possibly the hijacker may be seeking asylum in cyprus. does that alter things at all in terms of the response? >> it does. it potentially defuses things a bit more. it gives the negotiators something else to work with, and it certainly alleviates the concern that this is part of a broader, more violent attempt at a hijacking. every hijacking is dangerous, of course, but you've had historically different types of hijackings. you've had individuals with their own motivations, often personal taking over aircraft. that's been over the course of decades. you've had individuals and groups for political reasons trying to make political points, taking over planes and hijacking
and then you've had a variety of violent hijackings that have resulted in the death of those passengers or those involved in the hijacking itself. and so hijackings take various forms. you often want them to be defused quickly. and if it turns out this is one singular hijacker and he's motivated by personal issues, that's potentially the better situation than obviously a more violent and intended plotted attack to use a hijacking for more vieolent purposes. case. juan, thank you very much. we'll have a lot more on this egyptair hijacking a little later on this morning on "cbs this morning." now, there's been a major blow to the investigation into the brussels terrorist attacks. elaine cobb is in brussels with the details. good morning, elaine. anne-marie.
release a suspect they had charged in connection with the bombings and admit they're back to square one in their efforts to capture a fugitive known as the man in the hat. last thursday they picked up this man, freelance journalist faycal cheffou, he was charged with terrorism and murder. his home was searched but no weapons found. he was released yesterday due to lack of evidence. his lawyer says he had a telephone alibi, and police checks proved he was not the same size as the suspected third airport bomber, the man in the hat. belgian police have now posted video of the unidentified suspect, asking for the public's help. police found two gloves on a bus shortly after the bombing with traces of the same explosives on them. tensions remain high in brussels with heightened security. european union officers will reopen today following the easter break.
the brussels bombings killed 35 people. more than 300 were injured. 100 of them still in the hospital. the bombs the terrorists used were described this morning as a satanic cocktail of nails and nail varnish remover. anne-marie? >> elaine cobbe in brussels, thank you very much. the showdown between the federal government and apple appears to be over, at least for now. the fbi says it was able to hack into an iphone belonging to the san bernardino shooter without the help of the tech company. but the bigger face-off over whether companies are obligated to assist the government still hasn't been settled. don champion is here in new york with more on that. good morning, don. >> good morning, anne-marie. apple says it was looking out for the privacy interests of its customers when it refused to comply with the government, but the fbi's ability to hack into the encrypted iphone raises new questions about the security of apple's biggest-selling device. >> reporter: the fbi won't say
iphone belonging to syed farook who along with his wife killed 14 people in san bernardino last year. the government revealed in a court filing monday that it gained access to the phone without apple's assistance and is no longer asking the court to order the tech company to help. investigators would only say the testing was carried out by highly skilled personnel and that the investigation of the phone's data is ongoing. >> we don't know how they did this, and we don't even know who the fbi is working with. >> reporter: the government's request for help was met with stiff resistance from apple. ceo tim cook argues that helping the fbi would set a precedent if it created a so-called backdoor that would allow investigators to gain access to the iphone. >> we have a responsibility to help you protect your data and protect your privacy. >> reporter: the iphone 5c running apple's os9 system was
employer, san bernardino county. after the shooting, they could not crass the phone's pass code. the agency asked for apple's help, saying it was the only way to gain access to the data. california congressman darrell issa is critical of the way the government handled the case. >> i would prefer that the fbi and everyone involved keep their knowledge of how this is closely held so that it doesn't become a vulnerability on the street, and at the same time, they're not back asking apple essentially to develop a back door again. >> reporter: but the government's newfound ability to crack iphone encryption raises a new series of questions. >> the broader issue is not over, though. enforcement are going to keep wanting access to phones. tech companies are going to keep fighting back. >> reporter: now, this is somewhat of a victory for apple. the legal fight over this one iphone appears to be over, but the company has not said whether it will try to find out who helped the government and how.
yet what new information farook's phone has revealed about december's attack. anne-marie? >> don champion here in new york, thank you very much, don. well, a man shot by police after he allegedly pulled a weapon at the capitol visitors center is listed in critical but stable condition this morning. the visitors center was crowded with tourists yesterday afternoon when the trouble began. officials say this was not an act of terrorism, but the criminal action of one man. craig boswell has more. >> reporter: tourists ran for cover as shots rang out. families and student groups say they never expected this kind of activity on a tour of the nation's capitol. >> it's okay. it's okay. just stay down. >> reporter: this video captures chaotic moments after a man drew a gun at the security screening area inside the u.s. capitol visitor complex monday afternoon. >> where we going? where we going? >> it just happened so fast, you were just kind of like what? i grabbed my kid, put him under me.
66-year-old larry dawson of tennessee pointed a weapon at officers who shot and injured him. dhow dawson was arrested last fall after he interrupted the house chamber. >> i am a prophet of god. >> reporter: and had been ordered to stay away from capitol grounds. >> there is no reason to believe this is anything more than a capital act. >> all of a sudden, there was just a scramble with people yellingyell ing and screaming and officers just coming out from every direction with guns drawn. >> reporter: congress is on a break is this week, so many lawmakers are back in their districts. but washington is filled with tourists here while kids are off from school. diane belo's husband and her two sons were inside the capitol. >> just don't expect something like this to happen when you're with your family on vacation. >> reporter: the visitor complex will reopen tuesday morning. there are multiple layers of screening and security at the capitol visitors complex. the suspect, larry dawson, is
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a volcano in alaska is settling down this morning after it forced the cancellation of flights. the eruption yesterday in the altian islands spewed ashes nearly four miles high. the cloud stretched more than 400 miles. that grounded 41 alaska airlines flights. and now to the race for the white house. donald trump plans to make his fist campaign stop in wisconsin today ahead of next week's critical primary there. ted cruz is already there. a strong win for cruz would hinder trump's path to the gop nomination. cruz wants to debate trump one on one instead of tonight's separate town hall meeting.
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members are still on board. so far no reports of any injuries from the plane. and according to reports, the hijacker is an egyptian national and was wearing a suicide belt. we've learned that he did not have access to the cockpit and was communicating with the pilot through the plane's crew. he is reportedly seeking political asylum in cyprus where his wife is believed to be living. all right. on the "cbs money watch" now, a cyber attack on a hospital group, and campbell's soup switches to bpa-free cans. jill wagner is at the new york more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. hackers breached the computer system of a major washington, d.c., hospital chain. the fbi is investigating. medstar health operates ten hospitals in maryland and washington. yesterday a virus paralyzed its computer system at some hospitals and doctors' offices. the fbi is trying to figure out if the hackers want a ransom to restore the system. medstar says there's no immediate indication patient
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reportedly asked to be flown to istanbul, but the captain told him the plane did not have enough fuel. well, after an easter egg hunt in connecticut turned chaotic, police say that they'd better staff next year's event. hundreds of people turned out saturday at the visitors center of the pez candy company. but organizers say the crowd ignored the rules and rushed the field where the eggs were hidden. >> when my son left, he had a broken basket and was hysterically crying. >> the company apologized. no injuries were reported, though. and president obama's lively reading of "where the wild things are" highlighted this year's easter egg roll. more than 35,000 people attended. the white house tradition goes back 138 years. a houston man had a surprise of a lifetime for his grandparents. cell phone video caught the moment stephon presented a check to them for $15,000 to pay off
>> we come in, and there he was. they said, look at the check. what check? >> everybody crying. he started crying. my husband started crying. my son started crying. >> the money helped his grandparents pay off their house four years early. darth also bought them a trip to the bahamas. the full-time college student said he saved the money by eating microwave pizza all the time. there you go. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," more airliner. plus a closer look at donald trump's foreign policy team. and we'll talk with actor bradley cooper about the cbs series "limitless." that is the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thanks for watching.
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