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us that there was no lunge to the flight at this stage. he told us this was still very much a search-and-rescue operation even though hope is fading. rescuers are hoping there is going to be still good conditions for the next day search which is in a few hours now from now as it continues to expand in area and number of vessels and aircraft involved. meanwhile here at surabaya airport at the crisis center families of those on board wait increasingly frustrated for the news of their loved ones. they are being constantly updated but they've been telling us they're getting more information from television reports than they are from the official channels. the frustration is growing but there is at this stage so little to report families keep coming back near the crisis center in the hope they may get some little information so they may know what has happened to their loved ones. andrew stevens, cnn, surabaya
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indonesia. >> airasia has a very good reputation for safety and the men flying the missing plane had thousands of thundershowers of flight experience. flight 50 01's captain from indonesia had more than 20,000 of them flying with over 6,000 of them on the airasia airbus. the second officer had more than 2,000 flying hours. the captain has been described as a fan of motorcycles and a devoted member of his local mosque. last week he reportedly visited the grif of his younger brother who recently died. it's been more than 38 hours since the airasia flight vanished over the java sea amid violent weather. last months before it disappeared the pilots' requested to climb to a higher altitude was denied. now those leading the search effort can see all evidence leaves little room for hope. >> if the target is on land,
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it's easier than if it's an underwater location. because of the coordinates that we received suggested it a is underwater our resumption now is that the aircraft is under the sea. >> if airasia flight 5001 is sitting at the bottom of the sea it could make piecing together what happened just much difficult. joining me is now is john goglia former member of the national transportation safety board. good morning, sir. >> good morning. >> so the search has been suspended because it's night fall over the java sea but when the search resumes tomorrow how difficult will it be for authorities to find the this plane? >> well fortunatedly ocean at that area of the world is not that deep. 150 to 200 feet deep and it's been mapped before. in other words, there's been a survey of the ocean floor accomplished. so it should not be that
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difficult. once we get a good fix on the location it will be relatively easy to recover the recorders which will give us a wealth of information about what happened. >> the two so-called black boxes. the plane itself though, what condition do you suppose it will be in? >> most likely it's pretty well broken up structurally into the -- the wings will probably be together and the fuselage will be badly broken up. much like twa 800 that crashed off the coast of long island. it was pretty well broken up by the ocean, by the impact and as it settled down the pieces were spread out. >> will investigators salvage all the parts of the plane and rebuild it like they normally do in an investigation? >> it depends on what the black boxes say and what they find.
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we've done that in the u.s. for a number of reasons, not just to recover the airplane. when it gets difficult to determine how the airplane broke up then you will recover all the pieces. if it's pretty clear what happened, you may not recover all the pieces, you'll just recover the victims of the accident and leave the rest of it down there. >> is it likely we'll know all the information we need to from these black boxes? >> high likelihood the black boxes will tell us what happened. very high likelihood. but sometimes they don't have all the story so we have to wait and see. >> from what you've observed over these past few days, what do you think happened? >> well, that's a lot of speculation. it's probably four or five areas of concern to the accident investigators and this is we could have a problem with the static system because the probes
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again have had another ad today in issued against them by the european authorities meaning that the first time we tried to fix it we didn't get it all so that they're back at that. although we don't know what kind of probes were on this airplane so it's premature to say that. that is an area of concern. we also have the pilot's expertise flying in icing conditions. we've had that happen before with pilots having low experience flying in icing conditions and make mistakes. we have also security issues which are not the accident investigators' role but there are concerns around security that need to be explored as well. >> all right, john goglia former ntsb thank you so much. i appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. let's talk about the role weather played in the this. this plane supposedly went through violent thunderstorms.
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i want to show you a picture of the type of cloud we're talking about. this is a large cumulous nimbus cloud. it can contain heavy thunderstorms, heavy rain and keep in mind it's also cold at 32,000 feet so these clouds could contain rain and ice. chad myers is the expert on this. here's here to tell us about these clouds and how dangerous they can be for pilots. >> and they were far to the left and far to the right of this plane's path. there's the plane's path coming out of surabaya. i know plane is much larger than it truly is all the way to the left and the right. the plane would have had to deviate left or right to miss these thunderstorms. a large mass of thunderstorms. now, not a hurricane or typhoon or cyclone but certainly that area that they can form very warm water at the surface, the water wants to rise in a big qume low nimbus thunderstorm develops. you have updrafts downdrafts eddies circulation.
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it's just like flying through the midwest. you would never want to fly through that 50,000 foot top over oklahoma. that will be a violent right so these pilots has to deviate around this. they either went left or right or it appears they maybe even went up trying to get around this storm or series of storms in a big long line. it's the same type of line that we talked about the air france disaster five years ago. it had to fly through a long line of weather right here at the itcz, the intertropical convergence zone where air converges. when air converges, carol, at the surface, it can't go down because the ocean is in the way. so when the air converges it these go up because there's nothing in the way there. this rising motion creates these thunderstorms and these thunderstorms can get very very violent. even right here. that's why we don't even fly. this is the type of the stuff these c 130 hurricane hunter aircraft fly through and they get shaken up. now they're flying through it on purpose, they're not flying
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jets, thatjet s they're flying props, but they won't be affected by up and down motion that you can get with these big, big thunderstorms, carol. >> i'm talking 2020 hindsight here should plane have taken off that day? >> i don't think there's any indication that the plane was in danger when it took off or it would haven't left. i think these storms develop so very quickly and became a long line so very quickly right in a row that the pilots just saw it and went "where do we go now? we'll either turn around or weave our wayedly this line of storms and most of the time 99.something number of times flying around and through thunderstorms is absolutely fine. >> chad myers, thanks for your insight, i appreciate it. if you have question questions about the disappearance of airasia flight
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. we'll continue our coverage of airasia flight 8501 in just a minute but first the latest on that italian ferry. the navy reports 419 people have been rescued but the nightmare is not over for the frightened passengers who have not reached port in the stormy weather and may be suffering from hypothermia or burns. the fire blamed for seven deaths started early yesterday morning in the adriatic sea. cnn's monkeypoxax foster has more for you. >> reporter: it's 24 hours these ferry passengers will never forget. they're the first group rescued by sea and after a full night of waiting it's their first glimpse
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of daylight and dry land in the italian port of bari. pulled from danger on sunday after the ferry caught fire off the greek island carrying 478 people. treacherous seas gale force winds and thick smoke acting as a wall between rescue teams and the passengers. as helicopters circled above, the painstaking and risky extraction began. hoisting passengers one by one to safety and then lowering them back down again on to some of the surrounding merchant ships which were also batting the seas. on board, the fire raging. officials believe the inferno sparked in the ship's garage. one passenger describing to italian media the rubber on the soles of the freezing temperatures whipped through those waiting for their turn to be airlifted. one passenger saying "it's like the titanic."
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italian authorities say at least five people have died one man after he jumped or fell off the ferry. the injured were airlifted straight to a hospital in southern italy where medics have been on standby. the fire on board now under control with all remaining passengers now accounted for. max foster cnn, london. joining us now live from athens greece, a cnn reporter. can you bring us up to date on the passengers? where are they now? >> well, a number of the passengers have been taken to the island of in greece and a number have been taken to bari in italy. i was just talking to someone in greece they were assuring me the health of those on board is quite good. most of them have been taken to hotels rather than just hospitals on the island. they will be spending the night there. as you can understand most of them are extremely tired. we saw the images of them getting out of the boat covered
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in blankets taking really small steps, not yet being able to walk. i mean for most people it's been an ordeal of about 35 hours of standing out there in the cold. most of them seem to be in good health. just some minor problems mainly to do with the smoke that they have inhaled and just being extremely overtired or suffering in some cases from hypothermia having been outside for so long but overall it seems that they're in good shape and many of them are planning to go home tomorrow for from what i understand. >> any word on how this fire started? >> well there have been all kinds of speculation that maybe the ship had not been loaded properly. what we do know is that italy is -- has actually launched an investigation, a criminal investigation to see what the motives -- not the motives but
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what happened in this case what the causes of the fire might be. but it's going to be a while before experts can actually assess what has taken place and before we have a final outcome on this. >> and i know the seas were too rough for authorities to deploy life rafts so should this ferry have been on the water at all? >> it's difficult to say. i mean it's a ferry that has made that journey very many times and certainly not always in very good weather conditions. but it's true that in terms of the lifeboats and then the rescue operations the weather has been really the main problem in all this. the rescuers got there quite quickly, the ships gathered around trying to get access. the helicopters were there but it took so long to get all these people out because of the severe weather conditions. >> all right, thank you very
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it's about eight hours until sunrise in indonesia when search planes can return to the skies and scour the java sea for any signs of flight 8501. when the search resumes, crews will face an expanded new area to canvass. cnn's paula hancock is at the staging area for the search. >> reporter: the search-and-rescue operation for the missing airasia plane has grown in size this monday. we are at the airport on the island of belitung. all day search and rescue helicopters have been coming in. they're going out on sorties, come back here to refuel have a briefing to find out where they should be going next and heading off. this is becoming one of the staging areas for this search-and-rescue operation. now, this island is one of the closest areas to that last point of contact that the plane had and this is the area that much
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of the search-and-rescue operation is focusing on. according to one official we just spoke to, the search area now is 240 by 240 nautical miles so a very large area. they're cordoning it off, sectioning it off to make sure there's no overlap, to make sure they don't miss any areas. they're doing this very systematically. i spoke first to marshal sipcypriot cyprioti and he says they haven't been able to narrow the search down. >> translator: we're searching all areas. later if we get new data we can narrow it down. >> i asked the first marshal if he believed the possibility of any survivors still. he said that if the plane crashed in water it is unlikely but if it managed to crash on land neighbor the jungles to the east of here then survivors are possible. paula hancocks cnn, beliton
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island indonesia. still to come in the newsroom, we're taking your questions about the disappearance of disappearance of airasia flight 8501. go to twitter. you give... and you give... and then you give some more. but sometimes you get. and so you take.
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good morning, i'm carol costello. thanks so much for joining me. the search for missing airasia flight 8501 has beeneturns in indonesia tomorrow. it's nighttime there. 12 people were on board that plane when it vanished on sunday. we've been asking for your questions about this latest mysterious flight disappearance. just go to twitter, use the hashtag "8501qs" if you have a question. joining me now to answer your questions, a contributing editor at "flying" magazine and mary schiavo. welcome to both of you. i'm glad you're here. >> my pleasure. >> thank you. >> so a lot of people have been tweeting this question "if the weather was so bad, why was that plane allowed to take off?"
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want to tackle that mary? >> absolutely. you know, that's an excellent question and a question that really has to be asked by the investigators of the airline because the theories on that have changed dramatically now that we have on board weather radar and weather facilities in the airlines. and a lot of u.s. carriers will opt to cancel flights rather than not just risk the lives but also risk the schedule. and that's a very good question give than wall of red, that horrible weather. i think the answer is they shouldn't have been there but that remains to be seen by the investigation. >> as far as the equipment on board the plane, les, did the pilots have enough information to determine how to get around that storm in they? they're the ones making the decision not air traffic controllers. >> of course. they probably had very sophisticateed radar on the a-320. it has the ability to adjust the
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radar automatically and manually. they can see where where the cells are left to right. deviations, what is the appropriate way to go. so they have systems available to them. >> so they have systems available and we know mary, that the pilot asked to ascend so he could get higher so he could get through that terrible cloud with the thunderstorms included but air traffic control said no there were other planes in the sky. the other curious thing is there were other planes in the sky around this plane and they made it past that cloud safely. >> but the difference in the weather can vary dramatically particularly in a building thunderstorm situation. and if they were heading in the particular parts of the cloud, especially the parts on the thunderstorm it's the area off -- what they call the area off the end of the anvil. a thunderstorm builds up in an anvil formation and if this plane had the misfortune of being near the end of the anvil, as les will know you learn this in basic flight school, that particular area is really violent. hail unbelievable winds.
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terrible wind shifts and shear. it can vary dramatically. their rate of climb would have affected it. if they were climbing quickly, the engines were taking in lots of water it affects the performance of the aircraft about the aircraft's performance might have been impaired. >> wow. so les take us inside the plane. you're the pilot. you know there's this huge weather system ahead that you have to figure out a way around. what goes through your mind? >> well let's take it all the way back to operations. i mean, we show up we go through a pre-flight process which includes not only the flight plan but looking at the weather information and most of the time we do a self-brief. we have all that information available to us via our company's web sites and so on and so forth. then we say, okay swell that route going to take us through that particular weather? well then we'll talk to our dispatcher and the dispatcher says "yes, i've got you over here, this looks like the path of least resistance."
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and then if it's serious enough like mary mentioned earlier in the conversation, there's a chance the airline will cancel things because they're going to have issues where airplanes will be deviating around a very narrow corridor. but in flight we have that weather radar and we can determine where we can pick that least -- that path of least resistance. >> so you're the pilot and you talk to air traffic control and you say "i need to go to 38,000 feet" and they tell you no. what happens then? >> that's a great question. we try to deviate left oar right as opposed to climb because we know the that thunderstorms are so high climbing won't always be successful to get out of turbulence. if we get above the tops of the clouds it still may be turbulent because it's a building system. but trying to avoid weather totally sometimes is a difficult situation in that you have to pick the path of least
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resistance. >> path of least resistance. i talk to experts all the time and they say planes can take a lot. tell us how much a plane can take. >> they can. and if you've ever gone to the videos on the internet and watched boeing take wings of a 787, they can fold those wings and make them touch above the top of the fuselage of the airplane. they flex quite a bit. it's designed and it has to be certified to withstand certain levels of g-forces and structurally be able to withstand turbulence. now, turbulence in the form of up-and-downdrafts continuously can be an issue, especially if the pilot attempts to maintain altitude and then you get into scenarios that could cause problems. >> and what i'm getting at here mary is it's unlikely the plane broke apart in the air somehow. >> that's very unlikely because of the way they are constructed
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and built. there have been very very few commercial jetliners that have broken apart at altitude during bad weather. it's different for smaller planes but this is obviously a very big plane. and that site that les is talking about, boeing put it out. they took the wings of a 777 and a 787 up to the point where they broke them from the fuselage and i'm going to use my hands here sorry to talk with my hands, but the wing went like this clear up to here flexing before it broke. so it was quite a sight. they're tough, they're really tough. >> okay could the pilot have made the decision to turn around and go back to the airport? >> of course. yes, absolutely he could have made that decision. he would have done it in conjunction with the airline and we don't know that conversation if that conversation ever took place but there have been cases in the past where the pilots have not coordinated with each other in terms of one challenging the other as crew resource management and also sometime there is's been -- and
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we don't know if it happened here -- pressure by the airlines to go. we call that get thereitis. >> how much pressure is there? >> the airlines know that's a touchy thing, especially with safety concerns obviously. but more pilots have a mission packing type philosophy and we want to get our mission done. that being said we don't have any problems saying we can't go there. and if necessary we declare an emergency. we say unable that route, we need a heading to such and such and we deal with the paperwork on the ground. but for the most part none of us at professional levels really feel that kind of pressure at least with the airline that i'm working for. >> well here in the united states but it could be a whole different story in that part of the world, right?
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>> absolutely. i have breaking news and it concerns airplanes, unfortunately so les and mary stick around. this is out of london. a virgin atlantic u.s. spokesperson confirms to cnn that a flight is making a return to london's gatwick airport and preparing for a non-standard landing procedure due to a technical issue with the landing gear. so what is a non-standard landing? mary i'll suppose that question to you. >> well it could be things for example, we've seen this many times before where the nose wheel, for example, won't lock into place or maybe one of the other landing gear won't come down and they don't have the lock light on meaning that the gear is down and locked into place. that can be a non-standard landing procedure. and they could have other problems. they could have problem with speed brakes or any other part of the plane to help them slow down. but the thing we've seen most often is where the nose wheel does not lock into place. >> all right.
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it's a vs-43. what is that les? >> i'm not familiar with that. >> that's the flight number. sorry, this is a plane out of london so i'm not familiar with the plane numbers. >> it seems to indicate there may be an airbus. virgin flies airbuses. it looks like it has a landing gear issue potentially which could mean that a gear door is not closed a gear is not coming down, there's an indication of it not coming down. it could be a hydraulic issue. >> i've been through that as a flier. it's pretty standard problem. les, mary thank you so much i appreciate it. still to come in the newsroom, two officer-involved shootings happening in two different corners of the country authorities are actively searching for suspects they say fired at police officers for no apparent reason. we'll be back after this.
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the weekend disappearance of airasia flight 8501 brings back eerie memories of the malaysia
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airlines disaster in march. rene marsh is our government correspondent and has more from washington. good morning. >> it's a major headline we would like that see a lot less. we're talking about commercial passenger jets with hundreds of lives on board ending with a fatal crash. what does it say about aviation industry's safety record? this morning we have a reality check. the disappearance of 162 people on board airasia is the second missing passenger plane in southeast asia in less than a year. >> it is eerie. it is unusual. it's just kind of spooky that this would happen in this area. but we don't know the facts yet. >> reporter: after nearly ten months malaysia airlines flight 370 and the 239 people on board have still not been found. authorities are convinced the boeing 777 crashed in the indian
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ocean. >> malaysia 370, there's good evidence it was flown a long long ways and, again, most likely as a criminal act either by a rogue pilot or an intruder or something like that. whereas we have no indication of anything like that in this case. >> reporter: just four months later, july 17 malaysia airlines would suffer another loss. pro-russian rebels are blamed for shooting mh-17 out of the x-way using a surface-to-air missile. all people on board that boeing 777 died. one week later, more than 100 people perished after air al syria flight 50 al syria al jeer crashed. this is the fourth high profile
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disaster of 2014. but the former managing director of the ntsb says the skies are still safe. >> i think when you look at the overall picture, there may have been 600 fatalities in year in aviation. that's a relatively low rate when you compare it to the massive numbers of people who are flying today. >> and to that point, aviation has expanded throughout asia the middle east and eastern europe at an extraordinary rate. so many people are flying because it's so much more accessible. but when you look at the accident rate in relation to the millions and millions of flights flying every year, the safety record truly is extraordinary. especially here in the united states carol. >> good to know. rene marsh reporting live from washington. thank you. back to our breaking news right now. as i told you a short time ago, virgin atlantic airline says a plane of its had to return to london's gatwick airport. it was preparing to make a
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non-standard landing there. what does that mean? we'll head to max foster who has more information for thus morning. good morning, what do you know? >> carol, they seem to have some problem with the landing gear we were told about that earlier on and the aircraft has been circling around southern england presumably to burn off fuel in preparation for a landing. i just spoke to military or aviation experts and he says if there is any sort of non-perfect situation with the aircraft if it's -- turns into a non-standard landing. but we know there's a problem with the landing gear. this was an aircraft, the flight towards the virgin flight vs 43 traveling from gatwick to las vegas leaving about four hours ago. it's had to return because of this technical problem now they are attempting to implement a non-standard landing. so that could happen soon. we don't know exactly when. we do need to know at what point that fuel has burned off so they're prepared to land. but the aviation expert i spoke to said if the landing gear is
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partially down not completely down they can attempt a landing and effectively see how it goes. if it's completely within the aircraft they probably wouldn't be trying it i'm told. >> i was just going to ask you that question. they can't make a belly landing, right? >> no that's an extreme situation and very very dangerous, indeed. so until we have more information we'll have to get a sense of what that is. but if they've been burning off the fuel with the intention to coming into land the assumption is that it's down but not completely down, there's some concern about how stable it may be when they do land. >> all right, i want to head to atlanta's weathercenter and check in with chad myers, off flight tracker there. what are you seeing? >> we've been watching flight radar 24 on this plane for hours. it tried to take off and did really well likely got a warning light here as the door didn't close or whatever may have happened. the light is likely on, that's why the pilot new. came out over the atlantic
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circled a bit, got very low in altitude and we talked about how high the other plane was over there, airasia, 36,000 feet, that's when you burn very little fuel because there's not much air and you have less drag. this plane was down to about 5,000 feet and flying around circles south of gatwick, that lower altitude makes a lot of drag and you use a lot of fuel to burn off. that's when you're trying to burn off fuel, you go to a lore lore -- lower altitude now the plane has made the left-hand turn toward gatwick and either a flyover from a visual or about to take that plane to the ground and make that non-standard as they're calling it carol. >> i can't help think of what the passengers are feeling. i know you've been on planes that had to circle and circle and circle. you don't know what's going on. it's frightening. >> i always want my pilot to tell me or my first officer to tell me what's going on. i don't want to be sitting in the back in the fuselage just
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waiting, just sitting in my chair going what is going on? just talk to the people out there, tell them what you're doing and i'm sure the pilots are in good communication with those passengers because it's a fearful time if you only have three pieces of landing gear. we don't know whether it's main gear or nose gear that has the problem. main gear if both of them are down we have a nose gear problem the plane will land and slide on the nose but it's better to have two of the main gear down than only have one main gear down and the nose because all of a sudden that's not a good landing. >> and i'm sure there are emergency vehicles all along that runway, right, max, waiting for this plane to land? >> sussex fire and rescue have said that they've been braced for this and they've got all of their emergency services on the scene on standby. they say that's the standard procedure when there is a non-standard landing. so not too much to read into that at this point but they're braced for this non-standard landing. >> max foster chad myers, thanks to both of you. i'll be right back.
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our time so it's been up in the air for four hours. i don't think it's been circling gatwick for four hours but the plane has been in the air a very long time. let's go to our aviation analyst mary schiavo. that's a long time. four hours. did they not notice the landing gear? how did that happen? >> that's a little disconcerting and it wouldn't have been long enough that it would have been across the ocean and went to put the landing gear down. typically they find they get a warning light that there's an issue with the landing gear, the door, the failure to retract, failure to come down but that's usually on takeoff or landing so the best they can hope for is that it's just merely a light that there's a problem with the door et cetera. i've been on a flight where the nose gear hadn't come down and locked and there are many procedures to do that. cnn has cover misdemeanor of these where it comes down. there's a particular way you have to land, very slow as light as you can get it, they'll
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burn off as much fuel as possible and the pilot will touchdown lightly like a feather and hold the nose wheel up. keep the wheel back as long as possible and let all the force of the landing rest on the back wheels. if that's what's wrong. now, if it's one of the two back wheels, that's a much tougher situation. that's harder. you have to kind of hold one side up from the other. >> hold one side up from the other? what exactly does that mean? >> you have to try to keep the -- it's incredibly difficult. when you land you have to at the last minute adjust so you touchdown on the wheel that you have on that one side. it's very -- that's difficult. the pilots are trained for the nose gear problem. it's a lot harder to do anything else. if you don't have the gear down and locked into position and all that it's tough. there's a lot of talks sometimes they stay foam the runways, i haven't seen any pictures that they've done that here. if they have -- and i guess i would suspect it's a nose gear
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problem or maybe even a door problem. >> so how much fuel do they have to burn off? does it have to be nearly empty before the plane lands? >> ideally, yes. because they want to get it as light as possible because if it touches down and it's heavy, you know, they don't have as many options to have a very light landing, to hold that nose gear up as long as possible. and then also you have much more fuel at a site for example, if the tank would come open if you'd have a tear in the tank and sparking you would have a much worse situation than if you have empty fuel tanks. so if they had only gotten four hours into the flight you have to carry enough fuel to your destination, which is across the atlantic plus enough fuel to your alternative safety reserve airport, plus another 30 minutes beyond that. so they had a fair amount of fuel on board that plane and they obviously have to burn a lot off. >> i think, mary, that is the plane so i'm assuming the plane
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has landed. is that the plane, producers? i'm sorry, that is the plane. it looks like its landing gear is down, mary. looks like it to me anyway. >> very good. very good. it must have just been a problem with the light or the door and that is a very happy result and happy ending. >> we believe this is the plane. we're trying to triply confirm it. chad you've been tracking the plane. do you think that's the plane? >> i do carol, because it's stopped moving on our flight aware radar, and that appears to be on the ground. look at the plane, a very large jumbo jet that was carrying a lot of fuel. it flew low to the ground for a long time. there's more drag closer to the ground, that drag burns off more fuel and there you go, there's the happy situation for the pilots and the passenger there is. >> you can see the emergency vehicles there. that's another clue that that is
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indeed the plane. like you said mary like every precaution had to be taken, it's not like you can pop out the door and see if the landing gear can come down. >> i always say there's no rear-view mirrors in the cockpit. >> so we're glad this ended happily. thank goodness i'm really happy. thanks to mary and to you, chad i'll be right back. if you're taking multiple medications does your mouth often feel dry? a dry mouth can be a side effect of many medications. but it can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath. that's why there's biotene available as an oral rinse toothpaste, spray or gel. biotene can provide soothing relief and it helps keep your mouth healthy too. remember, while your medication is doing you good, a dry mouth isn't. biotene, for people who suffer from a dry mouth.
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back to our breaking news and this ended happily. so glad about that. this is a virgin atlantic plane that was circling the gatwick airport in london for hours and hours burning off fuel because they thought they had a problem with the landing gear. you're taking a closeup look at the landing gear apparently most of it came down. we can see one wheel didn't come out there, right? is that right? that's what it looks like. the plane landed on i guess three sets of wheels but as you can see it landed safely. emergency vehicles were surrounding the plane. they're now gone and we assume passengers are still on board the plane. we have not seen them get off. they'll be getting off shortly but that virgin atlantic plane circling gatwick airport lands safely. everybody's okay. in other news this morning,
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just one week after two new york city police officers were killed while sitting in their patrol car, police have been shot at in at least two different cities. on sunday morning, someone opened fire on two sheriff's deputies near tampa, florida. police say they were doing traffic enforcement in a church parking lot when they heard three shots fired. nobody hurt but a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. that same day across the country, another shooting, this time in los angeles. authorities searching for someone who they say fired shots at two police officers. for the latest on this let's those los angeles and cnn's sara sidner. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol, the scene is still here. they've cordoned off about six six -- so the manhunt has been stopped at this point in time. two officers would say they were simply going on a call and that there was an unprovoked shooting and it was towards their particular vehicle, they were a black and white, in uniform,
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they saw the muzzle go off of a gun and the bullets were coming towards them. one officer according to the lapd was able to shoot back. they did apprehend one suspect but there is still another suspect that they have been looking for. the scene here is going to be coming down in about 20 minutes or so but this is one of the situations that the officers say was completely unprovoked. listen to what a captain told us a bit earlier. >> this was completely unprovoked attack on a police officer. we are very fortunate that both of them are not injured. we are confident that we will be locating and arresting this individual. we have reached out to the community through our notification system and request that for them to be aware that we are looking for a suspect who is wanted for an attempted murder on two los angeles police officers that they need to secure their residence, if they have pets to bring them indoors and if they have any suspicious
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activity or complaints to immediately call 911. >> that was campaign lillian coranza. they have not interviewed the fors yet. they are still looking at the car to see whether or not it was actually hit by bullets. i do want to mention this. you know this department is very aware of protests that are happening and i asked if this is unusual here in l.a. and they said yes, it's unusual that it's unprovoked. they weren't trying to arrest the two suspects they weren't on a call that involved these two suspects it was just random and the officers of course were not ready for it and were not expecting anything when it happened. and they are on alert trying to deal with some of this. but they don't believe this has anything to do with the protest. though they say they have seen and are aware of what happened in new york to the two officers
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who were killed there and certainly the officers are concerned about any further violence towards them. >> so they told you that these -- the shootings -- whoever shot at these officers weren't because of the protests going on across the country? >> right. they don't believe that has anything to do with the protests though in speaking to one of the detectives she said look, we know there is a tiny tiny, tiny minority of people who are so angry with police that they want to hurt them. but they don't necessarily believe that these two had anything to do with the protests that had been happening. there was a big protest here on saturday. carol? >> sara sidner reporting live from los angeles. many thanks i appreciate it. thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "@this hour with berman and michaela" starts now.
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happening now, the search zone expanding for airasia flight 8501. the latest clues and mysteries about how this jetliner went missing. >> armed and dangerous. a suspect on the loose after shots are fired at two los angeles police officers. >> and dramatic rescue. all passengers hundreds of them evacuated after a ferry catches fire. the heat so bad it was melting shoes. right now, the captain still on board that vessel. hello, everyone i'm john berman. >> i'm michaela pereira. those stories ahead at this hour. >> just in we have good news to report about a virgin atlantic flight that had been circling

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