tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN April 22, 2014 1:00am-2:01am PDT
46 days and still no sign of flight 370 this morning. the air search for the missing malaysian airlines jet is suspended as an unmanned sub scours the ocean floor again. we are live with the latest. begging for forgiveness. the company in charge of a sunken ferry says it is sorry, as divers grimly retrieve the bodies of the victims. we're live with the search for the nearly 200 people still missing. a show of support in ukraine by president biden brings u.s. aid and economic pressure to kiev as russia blames the ukrainian government for breaking a truce.
good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> and i'm john berman. great to see you this morning. it is tuesday, april 22nd. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east, and we do begin with the exhausting, and so far, unsuccessful search for flight 370. a tropical cyclone forcing authorities to call off the air search overnight. the underwater search is ongoing, if not fruitless, so far. the bluefin-21 making its tenth dive overnight, despite growing concern that the hunt for flight 370 might be heading back now to square one. erin mclaughlin live from perth in australia this morning. erin, ten trips down, and so far, nothing to show for it. >> reporter: that's right, john. and even though that tropical cyclone managed to cause them to suspend that aerial search, four planes did go out today, one u.s. plane, a chinese aircraft and two australian. now, we understand the chinese plane turned back, but the american and the australian
plane, last we checked, were still out there, and the joint agency coordination center putting out a statement saying it would be up to the individual captains to decide whether or not to turn back. the weather conditions, though, had been described as hazardous and difficult. now, despite those conditions, the bluefin-21 continuing its search today. it wrapped up its ninth mission this morning and was on dive ten with two-thirds as of yesterday of this more narrowed search area covered. not clear how much ground it was able to cover in that ninth dive, but as far as we know, it's still down there, still searching. no signs of the missing plane. and this is really a critical area that it's searching in now, because it's basically their best guess as to where the black box could be, based on the very limited information that they have already. authorities saying that if they come up empty, they're talking about possible next steps, john. >> and what are those possible next steps, erin? because they're at least two-thirds of the way through
this search in the area they're focused on right now. they should be done in a day or two, and if they come up empty there, have they given any sense what they will do then, because there's no signals coming from those black boxes anymore, presumably? >> reporter: well, at that point, australian authorities saying that they're really going to stop and reassess, weigh all options. a source of the u.s. navy telling cnn they're considering a number of options, possibly broadening out the search area, possibly introducing more submersibles. they're talking aboutman maybe long-term game plan through july. another analyst we've talked to says one possibility, they could start focusing on another one of those points of detection. right now they're searching in the area around the second ping detection, a 6-mile radius, and they're searching there because it was the strongest signal, but perhaps they could search in the area of the other detections the towed pinger locator had picked up. all options currently on the table, but again, all eyes on
the bluefin-21 as it finishes searchers' best bet where to find the black boxes. >> nothing coming easy in this process. erin mclaughlin live in perth this morning. thanks so much. >> and understandably, many flight 370 families are reaching their breaking point. they're furious with malaysian officials over what they call a lack of information and unwillingness to update them on the search for the plane. our flight 370 coverage continues with sumnima udas from kuala lumpur. communication has really been an issue for these families, hasn't it? >> reporter: that's right, alison, and particularly, these briefings. i mean, they don't happen very regularly here at all, so there's always a lot of expectation around these briefings. in fact, the last time that family members and family members of those on board mh-370 and crew members, the last time they were called to a briefing was at least two or three weeks ago. so, as you can imagine, there's a lot of expectation as those families are walking in, they're
very anxious, they're prepared with a list of very specific questions, about 26 questions for the officials. we have some of them here. they wanted to know how the authorities can conclude that the plane ended in the indian ocean, where there's not a shred of evidence. they want to see that inmarsat data. they want to know how authorities can conclude based on just that inmarsat data. they wanted to know, what is the flight's log book? but after that two-hour meeting, alison, the families left even more frustrated. they said not a single one of their questions was answered. and after the briefing, we actually asked the authorities why that is the case, why they can't be more transparent, and they said this is an unprecedented situation. this is an answer they always give. this is an unprecedented situation, and they simply don't have the answers themselves. they can't relay any of the information they have to the families until all of this is verified. of course, on day 46, a lot of the family members want specific
answers. alison. >> okay. very frustrating. sumnima udas from kuala lumpur. thanks. from one tragedy to another. with each passing hour, the numbers grow more grim. the death toll from the south korean ferry disaster now stands at 108. 194 others are still missing. divers are pulling out body after body from the sunken ship this morning. horrified family members are watching it all unfold. our senior international correspondent nic robertson joins us live now from jindo, south korea, this morning. nick, this has just got to be a brutal process for these families. >> reporter: and no place almost harder for the families to be seen than the harborside this morning. the pace of the bodies brought ashore by police has really picked up, and it is an indication that the divers are getting to grips better with the location, the locations they're searching inside the ship. but as the bodies were coming ashore today, carried from the boat into a temporary, sort of
white tented mortuary on the harborside. and then with great dignity and solemnity, stretcher bearers carrying each individual body to a waiting ambulance, and the ambulance is driven away, and then another group of three or four ambulances brought in, and another group of bodies taken away. so, it's a very moving process for everyone involved. terribly difficult for the families. obviously, the arrival of the bodies. for some of the families, this means the waiting is near to an end, but for so many others, there's still so much uncertain, john. >> any leads yet now, nic, on the investigation? i know the divers right now are focused on the recovery efforts, you know, dealing with the bodies and dealing with the families. is there a simultaneous investigation under way that they've been able to make progress on into what caused this boat to sink? >> reporter: you know, i guess you could look at the investigation. there isn't really a technical investigation going on right now, because under water, they're putting the effort into
what they're still calling a rescue operation, but we're getting some indications outside of the court buildings where some of the seven crew members have been taken, four additional crew members taken to court today, charged also. there was sort of a question-and-answer session on the steps of the courthouse where some of those people, crew members, the two first helmsmen taken in, one of the second helmsmen, the chief engineer, and very revealing in some of the answers they were giving, indicating that they were in the deep water -- they were in the waters with the strong currents, that the ship reacted oddly when it was turned. they couldn't really explain that. they did say something that is obviously going to give some interest to investigators. they talked about some renovation work that had been done on the ship, some expansion work. there were questions whether or not that was legal. obviously, the crew members couldn't answer that. but you can see where the investigation is going to begin to look here, john. >> all right, nic robertson for us in jindo, in south korea,
again, where this grim process has picked up pace, which only makes it harder for the families there. thank you, nic. breaking overnight, north korea could be growing closer to a nuclear test. officials in south korea say they've seen stepped-up activities at a nuclear site in the north, leading to increased worries that a test could be coming soon. it's not clear what the north is working on. its last test was in february of last year, when it conducted an underground detonation. >> and the timing of this is absolutely fascinating. these provocations are happening as president obama heads out on a trip to asia and will visit malaysia, the philippines, japan and south korea. on his way there, he will stop in washington state, where he'll meet with families who were affected by the deadly mudslide northeast of seattle. the death toll in that event now stands at 41. again, the timing of this trip and the timing of the north korean provocations, fascinating, fascinating. not only will the president be visiting asia, but it's happening while south korea's dealing with the ferry tragedy right now. a lot of people are thinking
north korea's trying to capitalize on that. >> good timing. >> depending how you look at it. happening right now, vice president biden in ukraine meeting with the president and prime minister, promising u.s. support. but with protesters still demanding independence in the east, will this trip make any difference? we are live in ukraine with the latest coming up next. at any minute... ...you could be a victim of fraud. most people don't even know it. fraud could mean lower credit scores, higher mortgage rates... ...and not getting the home you really want. it's a problem waiting to happen. check your credit score, check your credit report, at experian.com. america's number one provider of online credit reports and scores. don't take chances. go to experian.com.
welcome back to "early start." at this hour, vice president biden is meeting with ukraine's top leaders in kiev. a show of support for the country's embattled interim government. but in the eastern part of ukraine, pro-russian gunmen are not letting up, seizing more government buildings in a dozen towns and cities. let's bring in fred pleitgen, tracking the latest developments live from kiev. is the vice president at this point making any headway in getting the russians to back off? >> reporter: well, it's something that's very difficult, and his mission that he came here for is certainly in a diplomatically very difficult
situation. what he's trying to do is basically two things. he's trying to bolster the government in kiev, and his visit alone goes a long way towards doing that, but he's also offered incentives to the ukrainian government. one of the things, he says there's a new economic aid package he'll announce today. the other thing he says is very important is energy security for the ukrainians, because one of the big cards that the russians have been playing is their energy card. ukraine gets almost all of its gas from russia, and the vice president wants to get european countries to sell gas that they buy from russia back to the ukraine so that they can be independent from russian gas, but he's also telling the ukrainians that, quite frankly, they need to weed out corruption in their political and economic system just to make sure that the russians don't have any arguments coming forward to the election that's going to be held here on may 25th. now, is his visit going to make a difference? it certainly can. it will bolster the government in kiev in the best-case scenario. at the same time, there are
diplomatic efforts going on between the u.s. and russia to come to some sort of agreement to deescalate the situation. it's still a process that will take a long time, but certainly, his visit is viewed as one that is very significant for the current ukrainian government. alison. >> this is a delicate dance for the u.s., not trying to upset relations with moscow, but also trying to help ukraine at this point? >> reporter: absolutely. i mean, you see that two-pronged approach in everything that the u.s. does. on the one hand, they're trying to ramp up pressure on russia, threatening additional sanctions, trying to get ukraine to generally be more independent of russia, but they're also telling the ukrainians, you have to get your act together, you have to make this a viable democratic country without any sort of corruption in the system, or at least fight corruption to the point that you can. at the same time, there are still those ongoing talks all the time between russian foreign minister sergey lavrov and secretary of state kerry, who maintain a very good working relationship, even in spite of the difficult situation between these two countries right now. so, yeah, the u.s. is always
trying to keep those diplomatic channels open, but at the same time, they are making clear to the russians that there is a price for the things that are currently going on in the east of ukraine, and certainly, that price will increase exponentially if the russians move forces into the east of the country. the u.s. says that it has evidence, which was ultimately shown to cnn, of russian troops inside of ukraine. part of those people who are occupying those buildings in the east of the country. they're calling the russians out on that, but at the same time, they're always saying there is still a diplomatic channel open, there is room to de-escalate, and that is something that they believe that the russians need to do very, very quickly, and especially in light of the fact that, as you know there was that geneva accord signed last thursday that calls on the russians to vacate those buildings that pro-russian separatists hold in the east of ukraine, alison. >> okay. fred pleitgen live in kiev. thanks. aviation experts are calling it a big security breach. doctors a medical miracle.
this morning, the 16-year-old runaway turned stowaway who hid in the landing gear of a jet and flew five hours from california to hawaii is with child welfare services. the 767 soaring to 38,000 feet and exterior temperatures plummeting to well below zero, but miraculously, the teen emerged unharmed. >> he probably became unconscious rather quickly at that elevation, and perhaps with the cold, and if it was in the range of zero to perhaps 30 degrees, then perhaps he went into what we call this slowing down of the machinery state or hibernation that might have protected him and caused him not to need as much oxygen as normally we would if we were exerting ourselves or even sitting here on tv. >> that's one lucky kid, i'd say. police in san jose say they're not going to pursue charges. investigators are still trying to figure out how the boy
managed to slip past security. >> so many questions still there. >> oh, yeah. meanwhile, officials in yemen are testing the dna of some 65 suspected al qaeda militants killed in a series of huge and unprecedented assaults that appeared to be targeting high-level terrorists. yemeni officials tell cnn that the operation is a joint effort with the united states, which blames al qaeda in the arabian peninsula for a string of recent terror plots. boston took back the finish line. over 35,000 marathoners running monday under spectacular blue skies and extremely tight security. last year explosions injured 360 people. the first american male won since 1963. 38-year-old meb keflezighi says he kept thinking boston strong. kenyan's rita jeptoo was the female winner. >> it was a wonderful day. >> you were there. bloodshed in a salt lake city courtroom.
officials say a u.s. marshal fatally shot a defendant an he rushed a witness on the stand. the reputed gang member was shot multiple times after reportedly grabbing a pen and angrily charging the witness, who was testifying about gang life. he is facing racketeering charges and died at the hospital. the judge has declared a mistrial. net flex prices are about to go up. >> mm-hmm. >> are you doing netflix? >> oh, yeah. >> how do you feel about this? >> it was inevitable. >> they say in the coming months, subscription plans for streaming customers are going to rise $1 to $2 2 a month. existing customers currently pay $7.99, which will stay the same for now. the streaming service has nearly 36 million subscribers in the u.s. and 48 million worldwide. the last time they raised prices, everyone went crazy, the stock price went. >> i think this time they have too many hooked. they'll get away with it this time. 19 minutes after the hour. let's get an early look at the weather now with jennifer gray.
john and alison, your forecast for today, showers east of the mississippi, anywhere from south louisiana all the way up through the carolinas and even pushing into the northeast for today. none of those expected to become severe. high pressure will stay in place across the country's midsection, and possible showers for the pacific northwest. highs today warm, 80 degrees in denver for this afternoon. we'll be at 83 in dallas, and the mild weather continues across the east coast. d.c. hitting 77 degrees today. and new york city a nice 68. as we move forward into tomorrow, though, the possibility of severe weather in the plains, from texas all the way through nebraska. we could see anything from damaging winds, large hail, even isolated tornadoes. so, that's going to remain in place for tomorrow across the plains. sunny conditions across the southeast, and we'll still see a few lingering showers into the northeast. temperatures tomorrow will stay warm across the south. 85 in dallas, memphis at 75. in the 50s, though, across the
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194 people are unaccounted for. former navy rescue swimmer allen pipping wayne tells erin burnett he's hope fful survivors may be found, but divers face a tough task. >> not only is it dark, but there's a lot of sediment and stuff getting moved around, so it's almost like a sand cloud, where you can't see your hand right in front of your face. so, the divers are experiencing just darkness. they're trying the best they can currently. you know, a ship's built so the hull stays intact, so now it's on its side. it changes the ball game regarding where they can or can't go. so, that's the limitation they're facing, but i know they're trying as best as possible. you know, we talked about, it's their personal responsibility to find as many survivors as they can currently. so you know, i don't want to say that they're restricted right now, other than the hull being on its side, but they're going through or finding ways that they can, to get in places that they probably didn't think they could. >> still very, very difficult. we'll have the latest from south
anger and frustration. 46 days after flight 370 disappeared, this morning, part of the search has been suspended. after nine missions under water turned up nothing. we're live with the latest on the search and what the families are saying this morning. nearly a week after a ferry capsized, hope for survivors starting to fade. divers are searching the ship
for the almost 200 still missing, as the ship's operator apologizes and asks for forgiveness. we're live on the coast with the latest. and it could be another provocation from north korea. new signs this morning from the country is testing its nuclear capabilities on the eve of president obama's visit to asia. welcome back to "early start," everyone. a lot going on this morning. i'm john berman. >> and i'm alison kosik. it's half past the hour. we begin with the first sign that authorities may be re-evaluating the search for flight 370. overnight, a tropical cyclone forced officials to call off the air search. the underwater search is ongoing with officials now confirming discussions have begun about taking the hunt for flight 370 back to square one. erin mclaughlin live from perth, australia, this morning. this search has turned up nothing. is that the conclusion? >> reporter: so far, alison, and that decision to suspend the air search today, well, before they
took that decision, four planes had actually gone out to continue with that visual search for debris, two australian military aircraft, a chinese aircraft, as well as a u.s. plane. that despite what has been described as dangerous, hazardous and difficult conditions. now, that being said, the weather not affecting the operations of the bluefin-21. as far as we know, still on its tenth dive. it completed its ninth mission as of this morning. now, yesterday, it had covered about two-thirds of this very critical search area. not clear how much more ground it was able to complete in that ninth dive, but australian authorities saying they do expect it to wrap up this narrowed search area in the next few days. and as i said, it's a really critical area, because this is the place that has been identified as the best guess as to where the black box could be, given the very limited set of information that they do have to
work off of. australian and malaysian authorities already discussing what to do next, if and when this portion of the search finishes, and there's still no signs of the missing plane. alison? >> i know they're going to start sort of from square one, but any idea where the next search will take them and what will lead them there? >> reporter: well, a source within the u.s. navy saying that all the key stakeholders are discussing this right now, possibly a long-term search, the source said, lasting through july. and they're talking about potentially a broader search area, something perhaps along that arc that was created, the half handshake between the inmarsat satellite and the plane, so possibly broadening it out, introducing more submersibles. some analysts also talking about a search around some of the other points where they picked up those pings or acoustic detections. right now, they're searching the area around the second acoustic detection, which was detected on
april 8th. it lasted a total of 13 minutes. and they're searching a 6-mile radius around that point, because they've identified that as the strongest signal, but it's possible they could try and do the same for the other signals detected in the area as well. so, all options are on the table, but at the moment, all eyes on the bluefin-21 as it completes this more narrowed, more probable search area. alison? >> okay, erin mclaughlin live from perth, australia. thanks. >> after 46 heartbreaking days and nights, many flight 370 families are reaching their breaking point. they are furious with malaysian officials because they were supposed to be briefed monday by technical experts who could address their questions and their theories, but without explanation, that briefing was canceled. our coverage continues now with senior international correspondent ivan watson live from beijing. and ivan, it really just seems to be one thing after another between these families and the officials from malaysia. >> reporter: you know, it's
incredible, john. in the week that i've been here in beijing with these families -- you know, last week, the malaysian officials tried to set up a video conference with a team of technical experts in kuala lumpur. all the chinese relatives gathered in a hotel conference room. there was a big screen, and there was a technical glitch. there was no audio, and the two sides couldn't hear each other, and the chinese families stormed out in anger out of the hall. and then, the malaysian officials promised to bring a team of technical experts to answer questions about the last moments that the plane was believed to be in the air, before it's believed to have crashed into the indian ocean. they were supposed to sit down with the chinese families on monday here at beijing's lido hotel, and instead, what happened? another last-minute change of plans. a malaysian diplomat sat down in front of a packed conference room and said, you know what, the malaysian government has decided now is not the time to answer your questions, which i might add, had been submitted in
writing. instead, there is going to be a new team that will come in 24, perhaps 48 hours, that will sit down and talk to you. well, that triggered just an explosion of emotion. i mean, for almost three hours i watched, one by one, the chinese relatives get up crying, cursing, yelling, in some cases begging for some kind of information from the malaysian authorities. this is a very unhealthy relationship right now between the chinese families here and the malaysian government, and certainly, their representatives on the ground who have had to face these families day after day. today the malaysian authorities announced they're not sending anybody to sit down with the chinese families. john? >> a very unhealthy relationship. that might be an understatement at this point. all right. our ivan watson in beijing. thanks so much, ivan. a grim, heart-wrenching scene in south korea this morning. the death toll from that tragic ferry disaster rising to 108 now. 194 others remain missing.
divers pulling one lifeless body after another from the sunken ship, while devastated family members look on. nic robertson's live from jindo, south korea, this morning. nic, at this point, is this still considered a rescue mission? >> reporter: it is, and that's what authorities say. they're not ready to give up yet. there's still that hope that some people may be holding out in air pockets aboard the ship, according to all the experts, and the families here know this and understand this as well. the probability, possibility of that is very, very unlikely. people just don't survive this long, almost a week now, in such conditions. dehydration, other issues set in. but this is still a rescue mission. the pace of it does seem to be picking up. the recovery of bodies we've seen at the harbor side today more and more bodies being brought ashore by marine police vessels and then loaded slowly, solemnly into ambulances, and then ambulance after ambulance
lining up to take these bodies away. so, you can see how the divers are becoming more effective. yet, they still have so many more missing people to account for. alison. >> and obviously, you know, officials have their hands full in pulling the bodies from the water and trying to, hopefully, find survivors, but is there any focus on what made this boat sink? >> reporter: i believe we're beginning to hear some details of that emerge. one instance was outside the courtroom today, where four of the crew members were charged today. two of the first helmsmen, one of the second helmsmen, the chief engineer, they were asked questions and they responded along these lines, that the ship had turned, it was unexpectedly leaning, it was leaning more than they could compensate for. they even said that this ship historically had a problem with not being able to compensate with the leaning. also, they talked about the fact
there had been renovations, repairs, expansion to the ship. they were asked whether or not those were legal. they said that they weren't sure, but the issue with the stability of the ship has been sort of predated the expansion, the building expansion done aboard the ship. so, you can begin to see where the investigators are going to look. but without concrete details yet from the ship, nothing yet that we're told that pertains to precisely why this incident took place. >> okay. nic robertson live from jindo, south korea, thanks. there is other big news developing this morning on the korean peninsula, word that north korea could be closer to conducting a nuclear test. let's go straight to andrew salmon, who's live in seoul monitoring this situation. andrew, what can you tell us? >> reporter: not a great deal, i'm afraid. what we did here this morning from the south korean defense ministry was that signs of activity have been seen at pungari, the underground nuclear
test site in north korea, which was the site for testing in 2006, 2009 and also 2013. what those signs are, the defense officials are being very tight-lipped. there are some unconfirmed reports there's more vehicles, more personnel moving up there, even some screens being placed to prevent satellite reconnaissance seeing what's going on, but those reports are unconfirmed. all we know is that the south korea government is taking this very, very seriously. they set up a special task force to monitor the situation. so, although we can't say a nuclear test is imminent, it certainly looks possible. >> all right, andrew salmon in seoul, south korea. signs of activity. what's so key about this also is the timing, of course, with the events going on in south korea with the ferry disaster, but also this. president obama is heading for asia this morning for a long-delayed trip. he'll visit malaysia, the philippines, japan and south korea as well. on his way there, he'll stop in washington state to meet with families affected by the deadly
landslide-mudslide northeast of seattle. the death toll there now stands at 41. this morning, the u.s. is promising more support to ukraine. vice president biden is in kiev for critical meetings with the interim government, but will it be enough to quiet tensions with russia? we're live with the latest, next. [ male announcer ] this is the cat that drank the milk... [ meows ] ...and let in the dog that woke the man who drove to the control room [ woman ] driverless mode engaged. find parking space. [ woman ] parking space found. [ male announcer ] ...that secured the data
welcome back to "early start," everyone. vice president biden is meeting with ukraine's top leaders in kiev this morning, a show of support for the country's embattled interim government. but in the eastern part of that country, pro-russian gunmen are not letting up, seizing more government buildings in dozens of cities and towns. want to bring in fred pleitgen, live from kiev this morning. fred, what can you tell us about what's going on in both parts of the country? >> reporter: yeah, good morning, john. certainly a very difficult diplomatic environment the vice president has landed into. as you said, here in kiev, what he's doing is he's meeting with these top-level officials.
on the one hand, he's going to promise them extra economic aid from the u.s., and he also wants to work on energy security for ukraine. one of the big issues they have is that they're fully dependent on russian gas, and the u.s. wants to find ways to mitigate that. another very important thing for the u.s., however, is it's going to tell -- vice president biden is going to tell the ukrainian officials that they have to combat corruption, which is in the political system as well as economic system in this country, because there are elections coming up soon, and the u.s. firmly believes that those elections need to be successful to take some of those arguments away from the russians, who are, of course, saying this country is on the brink of civil war. when you look to the east, certainly, the situation there is not getting any better at this point in time, john. instead of vacating some of those buildings in the east of the country, those pro-russian separatist militias have taken another building. they have taken a police station. so, they now have buildings in 12 cities and towns in the east of the country, so the situation there certainly not de-escalating, and that, of
course, makes it very difficult for an agreement that was signed in geneva last thursday that calls on the russians to vacate those buildings and lay down their arms, john. >> whatever the agreement and whatever authority vice president biden may bring with him to kiev, it does seem what the united states lacks is any kind of leverage to force these pro-russian militants in the east to do anything. is there any way u.s. officials believe they can make that happen? >> reporter: well, the u.s. is in a very delicate situation at this time. on the one hand, they want to increase pressure on the russians, because they believe the russians are the only ones with any sort of leverage over the pro-russian protesters in the east. in fact, the u.s. put forward photos that cnn reporters have obtained, showing that some of these people who occupy those buildings in the east of the country apparently have been seen as being part of the russian military in campaigns in the past, so they certainly believe that the russians have involvement and they certainly believe that the russians have leverage over these people.
so, the u.s. wants to increase pressure on the russians on the one hand, threaten additional sanctions on the one hand, but also always keep that diplomatic line open. in fact, there is still quite a good working relationship between russian foreign minister sergey lavrov and secretary of state kerry. they talked last night. right now they're still pretty far apart, but certainly, the u.s. working a two-pronged approach on that. but you're absolutely right, the leverage at this point in time is limited, and the u.s. believes if there is any sort of leverage, it's going to have to come via moscow. >> and moscow showing no sign they're trying to influence those russian militants at all. fred pleitgen in kiev, thanks so much. he's lucky to be alive. a 16-year-old stowaway who hid inside a wheel well on a flight from california to hawaii. and this morning, we're taking a closer look at how he may have survived being 38,000 feet in the air. that's next. your education is built to help move your career forward. here's how: we work with leading employers to learn what you need to learn so classes impact your career.
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this morning, a 16-year-old stowaway who apparently hid out in the wheel well of a jet flying from san jose to maui is in the custody of child protective services and will not face charges, despite breaching security at two airports. doctors say he's lucky to be alive. when the jet hit 38,000 feet, the lack of oxygen and cold could have killed him. the teen says he fell unconscious, and that's how he survived. but how did he get into the plane with no one noticing? cnn's gary tuchman went to an airport to find out. take a look. >> reporter: this is southern california aviation airport in victorville, california, in the desert, where airlines all around the world are bringing their planes they're not using anymore. we're going to demonstrate to you how someone would get in a wheel well of an aircraft. this is a boeing 767 that used to be used. this is the door that is closed, but there is a way to sneak in a hole to get into the wheel well, and we'll show you how the process would start, according to experts here. someone would get on the tire, one of the two tires.
step on the bars right here, climb all the way to the top right here, and this right here is where an opening would be to climb into the landing gear wheel well. once someone would climb through that hole, they would end up here, and i'm going to show you what happens after they climb through the hole. they get in this area. this is the wheel well area, and we're told there is only one place to sit where you could possibly survive, because when the wheels move in, the two huge wheels, they come right here. there's no room, except for right here in this spot. and this is where the experts say you would have to sit with your knees close to you. the wheel well would close, the two tires right here, and this is the only place where you could possibly survive. there is nothing stupider in the world to do, but this is where you can do it. >> a deeply committed reporter right there, gary tuchman. >> he almost fell, yet he kept on going. >> yeah.
boston is still glowing this morning after the 118th running of the boston marathon. more than 35,000 participants were on the course, hundreds of thousands more spectators lined the streets for 26.2 miles to celebrate the city and the spirit. this, of course, a year after the bombings at the finish line. this time, it was an american who topped the field of elite male runners for the first time since 1983. it was 38-year-old meb keflezighi, who said afterwards he had one thought on the course, boston strong. that, my friends, is boston strong. look at that picture. kenya's rita jeptoo was the female winner, a repeat winner. she won last year as well. they were joined by thousands of survivors, families and friends, who all crossed the finish line. i've got to give a shout-out to kevin white, a guy i profiled last year and again yesterday.
he finished the race, his first marathon, after shrapnel in his leg after last year's bombing. >> from the fans to the people running, just feeling proud. >> great day. we could soon find out more about the obama administration's legal reasoning for killing an american citizen overseas. a federal appeals court has told the justice department to release key parts of a classified memo used to justify the killing of anwar al awlaki. intelligence officials say he was a member of al qaeda and killed him in a 2011 targeted strike in yemen. the judges said the administration could no longer claim privacy, since it has talked openly about the killing, and even issued a white paper defending the attack. it's unclear when or if the memo could be made public. two planned executions in oklahoma are on hold this morning after the state supreme court stepped in to a battle over the source of the state's lethal injection drugs. the inmates, clayton lockin and charles warner, challenged the constitutionality of a law allowing the state to keep the source of the drugs secret. both were convicted of rape and
murder. the state says they will die. it is just a matter of how and when. a federal appeals court has now been asked to weigh in on the legality of the faa's ban on private drones. a texas-based group that searches for missing people wants the right to use unmanned aircraft in its searches, saying the faa has no authority to ban them. an administrative law judge ruled last month that the agency couldn't find a videographer for using a drone because it was essentially a model airplane. the faa is appealing that ruling. the boy scouts are saying no to a scouting group near seattle formerly revoking its charter over the refusal to fire a gay scout master. the beach united methodist church says eagle scout jeffrey mcgrath is a good leader and will remain, so the scouts say the troop can no longer use the official logo or badges or call itself a scout troop. the church plans to affiliate with another group. jennifer gray has an early look at weather now. >> john and alison, your
forecast for today. showers east of the mississippi, anywhere from south louisiana all the way up through the carolinas and even pushing into the northeast for today. none of those expected to become severe. high pressure will stay in place across the country's midsection and possible showers for the pacific northwest. highs today warm, 80 degrees in denver for this afternoon. we'll be at 83 in dallas, and the mild weather continues across the east coast. d.c. hitting 77 degrees today, and new york city a nice 68. as we move forward into tomorrow, though, the possibility of severe weather in the plains from texas all the way through nebraska. we could see anything from damaging winds, large hail, even isolated tornadoes. so, that's going to remain in place for tomorrow across the plains. sunny conditions across the southeast. and we'll still see a few lingering showers in the northeast. temperatures tomorrow will stay warm across the south. 85 in dallas, memphis at 75. in the 50s, though, across the
north. john and alison? >> yay, spring. that's all i have to say. jennifer, thank you. "early start" continues right "early start" continues right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com 46 days and still no sign of flight 370. this morning, the air search for the missing malaysian airlines jet is suspended as an unmanned sub scours the ocean floor again. we are live with the latest. begging for forgiveness. the company in charge of a sunken ferry says it is sorry, as divers grimly retrieve the bodies of the victims. we're live with the search for the nearly 200 people still missing. a show of support in ukraine. vice president biden brings economic aid and u.s. pressure to kiev as russia blames the ukrainian government for breaking a truce. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> and i'm john berman. great to see you this morning. it is tuesday, april 22nd, 5:00 a.m. in the east. and up first, it is day 46 in e