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investigators say a doctor declared him unfit for work. now, new reports suggest the co-pilot suspected of downing a germanwings airplane may have had a troubled past. they report citing an official with knowledge that police found antidepressants in the home of andreas lubitz. let's bring in fred live from germa germany. he's been following the story from day one. yesterday, he was declared unfit to work. today, reports of antidepress t antidepressan antidepressants. tell us about the reports. >> reporter: you are absolutely right. it's a complex picture. one where many of the facts are slowly coming to light. it is based on circumstantial reporting we are trying to
co-late and bring to a broader picture. the newspaper here in germany is doing the searches of his property, the places where he lived. a substantial amount of prescription drugs were found and it was clear he was suffering from depression and a burn-out situation. then you have "the new york times" reporting not only antidepressants were found, but he was suffering from a problem with his eyes and was seeking medical attention for that as well. we have been speaking to the university medical center in dusseldorf where one of his apartments were and he went to seek diagnostics. they said it was not due to depression-related syndrome. they did not want to say what it was related to. all medical files have been
turned over to the prosecutor there. the germans and french working closely together. we have put all these questions to lufthansa and germanwings themselves. they say late in the summer of 2014, he passed his last physical exam, which declared him fit to fly. at that point and time, he did not tell his employer he had mental issues or depression related problems. that is something he would have had to do had he known about the problems and he was seeking a doctor. we know germanwings never received the sick note found torn up in his apartment. germanwings and lufthansa says there was no indication something was wrong with lubitz's eyes. had there been, their doctor would have found out. >> you are outside the offices of germanwings.
what is the mood like there? >> reporter: oh, i mean it's absolutely devastated. i spoke, obviously, to the ceo of -- off the record, i spoke to the ceo's of germanwings and lufthansa. they are devastated by this. these two companies, especially lufthansa prided itself in selection process of pilots and second the training of pilots and thirds of all, the way they maintain their pilots, treat the pilots, the way they kept up their hours. this is a company that put a lot of effort into training and into the way the pilots conducted themselves in their flight. it prides itself on airline safety. this hurt them right at the core of what their brand stands for. it's certainly something they are aware of. you can tell that germanwings
pilots and lufthansa pilots are trying to win back trust. they are greeting people that come on the flight. they are assuring people there are be two people in the cockpit. they are hit hard by what happened. >> we can imagine. fred, thanks very much. we have been hearing about the family, how the family of the co-pilot lubitz is reacting. the mayor described his father as, quote, a man who is devastated and carries the weight of all the responsibility of this tragedy. the mayor goes on to say, it hurt him to see him expressing emotions. also because his son may be the reason for this tragedy. investigators, you heard from fred, talking to lubitz's friend and former girlfriend. she said lubitz would often dream the plane was crashing. the last hour, i spoke with a
bild reporter who spoke with the former girlfriend. listen to what he had to say. >> reporter: there was one remark she quoted. he mentioned one year ago. let me tell you this, it was like one day i would do something that will change the whole system, then all will know my name and remember it. you know, according to her, she was, during their relationship unhappy with the job situation. his dreams of becoming a captain of an airplane, getting the long term contract may not come true because of his mental illness. actually, she also mentioned that one day he suddenly woke up in the night, you know, after suffering from a nightmare and screamed like, "we are going
down!" maybe this was one clue that led to this incident. another night, he locked himself, according to her, in his bathroom for a while because any explanation. she mentioned that, you know, there were two sides of this person. when he gets among people, she told me, then he was marred and open minded. but, if they were staying on their own, he actually turned into a different person. sometimes he tends to be aggressive, shouting at her and discussing the working conditions of the company. >> i'm joined by pilot kris mcgee. kris, you have obviously been following the story. from what you heard from the german side and french
investigators, what stood out to you? >> what stood out to me was the complete confusion. the facts from the immediate -- the immediate facts that came out. nothing added up. nothing checked. there was a huge question from day one. we usually have a clearer direction quite soon as to we need to look at the aircraft and the pilots. this has been confusion since day one. >> do you think -- many expected the data recorders would provide more information. the voice recorders provided a lot of the detail we were looking for. do you think that, of course, we haven't found the data recorder, once that's found, what kind of information would that show us? >> that gives us the background of what the aircraft was doing. anything with regards to technical data, what was going on with the flight, what was being pushed, which controls are
being manipulated. things like rates of turn. all the technical side of things. >> right. let's focus now on the pilot. a lot of attention has been focused on the pilot and how this would change the industry. we have a lot of pilots speaking out. they are flying again. they are shocked, as you can imagine chlgt what do you think, in terms of the industry having two co-pilots in europe, that is the way forward, isn't it? >> most definitely. this has been adopted in america for many, many years. it's not law in the eu at present time, many airlines adopted this procedure some time ago. because it wasn't law, some deemed it wasn't necessary. my company has done it many years. it's something you should do. >> i was speaking to a pilot who said he's been in the cockpit with pilots, co-pilots, where
they are crying because they are stressed. you never dream of saying anything to your employer. do you think this means all the pilots and co-pilots will be more wary or more turning to detail? >> we are monitoring each other unconsciously all the time. something like this is incredibly rare. it's unprecedented. that's why it shocked us so much. pilots are people, too. it is not unreal to see people on the flight deck expressing emotion. we are not robots. >> do you think that now they will have to go back to the employer and say, you know, i worked with this person, this is my review? do you think things will change that way? >> i think if they experience something they believe is desperately out of the ordinary
they would report it. we all would. certainly, if you are sitting next to somebody who is depressed or emotional, it's not something to trigger a report to the company. i think we all have that filter in place. if you see something that is off kilter, you report it. not normal behavior. >> the other thing we haven't gotten into, the analysis, the mental state, whether doctors should be reporting this to the employers or not. that's obviously, the privacy as well. another whole matter. >> chris, thank you very much. >> thank you. now we want to continue on this story. half of the people on board the downed flight were from germany. it rocked a german town to the core. 16 students were coming from an exchange trip in spain. diana joins me now.
diana, the crash shocked many in germany, no doubt. nowhere was the shock as immense as this town. >> reporter: a town that lost 18 people and in the church where they are now celebrating, if you can call it that. palm sunday mass, there is a tribute in there to all 18. 18 names in three rows with candles and it's a very mournful, tragic sight. there are people sitting there before mass started coming in, bringing candles, paying their respec respects. there is a condolence book there. there is a condolence book in the town hall. also, actually, on the town's website where people from across the world have written to give their condolences. some of them are absolutely heart breaking to read. i spoke to one lady going into
the church who said, you know, this town is heart broken. we just don't know how to work through it. so, yes, the sense of loss here is absolutely dreadful. especially now that it is easter time. there's already been one big service here to commemorate those who died where the german president came a few days ago. there's another one set for april. all of this comes amongst the easter program. so, a very sad easter, indeed, for people in this town. >> what kind of support are the family and friends getting? >> reporter: well, i think there's been a lot of support and assistance. for example, the school, a lot of the whoever requests it is seeing former counselors and psychologists. they are there and explaining to the children, allowing them to
talk through what they feel. you know, the reactions are all different. there's certainly support groups there. we heard from one parent that she was going to be talking to other parents, presumably they are getting together to support one another. there is certainly, you know, people engaged in assisting those who are grieving. i read a very moving comment from france from one of the parents of a british man who was killed who said there are people that you wouldn't know exist who supported us all the way through from the foreign office to the rescue workers to the nurses who give us hugs and we cannot thank them enough. i think, you know, around these grieving families, there are so many people offering their support at this very difficult time. i hate to say it, but the people who most upset us, basically the
media because we are still here and still asking them questions. isa? >> i'm sure they are. a town that lost 16 students and two teachers. thanks very much. you are watching cnn news room. still to come, new signs a ground invasion may be eminent in yemen. the final day of the arab league summit. nuclear negotiations with iran hit a snag. the key issues threatening tuesday's deadline. both stories here on cnn. introducing new flonase allergy relief nasal spray. this changes everything. new flonase outperforms the #1 allergy pill, so you will inhale life. when we breathe in allergens, our bodies react by over-producing six key inflammatory substances that cause our symptoms. the leading allergy pill only controls one, flonase controls six. and 6 is greater than 1.
welcome back to cnn news room. leaders are expected to combat growing security threats in yem yemen. they will demand fighters leave yemen's capitol. new video shows a convoy heading toward yemen. you are looking at the video now. they could soon be entering the country. ian let's start off with this that's circulating. what does it say? >> reporter: we are expecting it
to pass. what we are seeing is that there would be nine arab country that is would offer up their land, naval and air force to the ongoing military operation. the key thing is, also, they are offering their land forces as well. it seems that a ground invasion is almost all but certain at this point. a lot of talk that it could happen within the coming days, according to yemen's foreign minister and a country offering up military forces include the cooperation council as well as egypt, jordan and sudan. it has been pretty much constant talk about ongoing military operation. there has been country of defense voices, including iraq and lebanon. we are expecting them to vote against this resolution. what we are seeing here is a split along sectarian lines,
lebanon and iraq are shiite countries. rebels are shiite as well. so, we are seeing this sectarian divide where you have three arab countries leading this military operation against st shiite rebels. isa? >> how long will this last for, this operation, this ground operation last for? ian? >> reporter: the saudis said they are going to continue fighting until the rebels are conducting wear fare and having eliminated. any sort of ground invasion will take some time. i don't expect this to be a quick battle. they are very adept at gorilla warfare where this invasion could come from. it's very mountainous. this is not likely to be
something to be over quickly. you have arab armies, which, for the most part are conventional armies, fighting an unconventional force if there were a ground invasion. this is something that arab leaders will have to study very closely before they do enter the country, especially egyptian generals who remember in the 1960s, when egyptian forces were engaged. up to 40,000 troops and lost between 5,000 and 10,000 of them. definitely a bloody war back then, something that could happen if a ground invasion occurs today. >> ian, as soon as you have more information on this story, do let us know and keep us abreast of it. i want to take you to switzerland. talks to reach a deal with iran are under way. they are facing difficulties ahead of tuesday's deadline. u.s. secretary of state, john
kerry and others met with iran on saturday for a third day of talks. iran is refusing to budge on issues surrounding nuclear research and the release of sanctions. florida top cop on the edge. >> we have a recipe for disaster. >> concern after 17 shot during spring break. why this cop and others have had enough. that story, here on cnn.
a new typhoon formed in the western pacific and may spell trouble for the philippines late this week. let's get more on this in the world weather center. >> we are several days away from this being a threat for the philippines. this is definitely something we are going to monitor closely here in the cnn world center. the typhoon churning about the western pacific as we speak. you can see a small little island, this is a population of 12,000 people. the center of circulation will cross close to the island chain. this is the philippines entering the screen. again, that wouldn't be until late this week. nonetheless, the winds on the storm continue to strengthen. the storm is deepening, 140
kilometers per hour where as with the last update, 35 to 40 minutes ago, it was 130 kilometers per hour. you can see going forward that winds will be sustained well over 200 kilometers per hour making it a potential of a supertyphoon. the wind strengthening as it moves in a general westerly direction. we are going to monitor the situation closely. hopping to the other side of the world, we have had a cold snap inundate the united states from atlanta to the east coast. new york city, boston and this picture, sent to us from an i-reporter days ago. the ice now starting to break apart finally for the boston harbor. a cold snap of weather. temperatures run 10 to 20 degrees fahrenheit below what they should for the great lakes. it's really a tale of two seasons. the western half of the united states is warming up, ten to 20 degrees above where they should be.
this is what it feels like as you head out the door. anyone tuning in near new york, you are going to expect temperatures around 20 degrees. that is your windchill factor. a very cold upstream near buffalo, new york. temperatures around six degrees this morning. a weak clipper system is going to keep the cold air in across the eastern half of the united states, a few flurries flying for the big apple and other locations. this is the heat i have been talking about. phoenix, shy of 100 degrees on monday. isa, back to you. >> thanks very much. thank you. spring break at a beach town in florida. seven people injured in a late night shooting. it happened in panama city beach. it's a town dubbed the spring break of the world. three victims found inside a home, one outside the home and another in the middle of the road. two more victims across the street. they are all between 20 to 22 years of age.
>> my number one priority, at this time, is the safety of my officers and citizens. we have drunk people on our beaches. we have drunk people under the influence of drugs on our beaches. we have drunk people under the influence of drugs with guns on our beaches. we have drunk people under the influence of drugs with guns and no respect for themselves, others and most of all, authority. we have a recipe for disaster. >> police also said they have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the shooting. you are watching cnn news room. still to come, search crews continue talks in the french alps. we'll go live near the germanwings crash site for the latest on what they have found. and violence and tech troubles plague the nigerian
leaders expected to announce a new unified front and a force in places like yemen. they are expected to demand rebels leave yemen's capitol. diplomats are in day four of talks with nuclear's iran program. they are threatening to -- negotiators are trying to reach a deal by tuesday. turning back to the crash of flight 9525, the top story here on cnn. in a village near where the plane went down, mourners held a service on saturday. loved ones of the victims and people living nearby have been gathering to pay respects. erin mclaughlin joins me now. what is next for them? what are they saying? >> reporter: hi, isa. right now, what they are trying
to do here in the alps is build a road to the crash site. the road is going to be about 1 kilometers long or just over a half mile long and the authorities here saying that it's meant to help with the recovery efforts so that vehicles could have access to the crash site. it's also meant to give the families access to the site as well. the local mayor saying the families want to be as close to where their loved ones died as possible. they are looking to build the road. the family is asking the local mayor what it is like at the crash site during the spring, during the winter. he told them it's a corner of paradise. he said that every meter of this road is going to count for those families. one of the families that says they want to visit is the family of paul branley. he was one of three british victims aboard flight 9525. his father, philip, gave a
statement yesterday on behalf of the family. take a listen to what he had to say. >> what happened on the morning of the 24th of march, was the accident of a person that was, at the very least, ill. if there was a motive or reason, we don't want to hear it. it is not relevant. what is relevant is it should never happen again. my son and everyone on that plane should not be forgotten, ever. i don't want it to be forgotten, ever. i will now go back home because of the nature of the impact. me and my family will visit here forever. >> reporter: he called for greater transparency from the airlines. he said they should be looking after their pilots. he also said that he wants the cloud over this area to be lifted. he wants the natural beauty to be restored. he wants this area not to be remembered for the actions of
one man in reference to the co-pilot now accused of crashing the plane. isa? >> i saw some helicopters taking off earlier. how is the recovery effort going? what kind of conditions have they been dealing with in the last couple of days? >> reporter: authorities say they are making good progress here. the weather conditions seem to be holding. there are two choppers in the sky today. some 400 people participating in this operation. hundreds of police officers, firefighters, mountaineering experts, investigators from spain, germany and france. it's two-fold, to find the remaining missing black box, the flight data recorder and then, of course, their priority being to recover the human remains. we spoke to one pilot yesterday, who said he feels it's his duty
to be here to recover the human remains to give the families closure. he's proud of being part of this operation. officials here expect the recovery part of the operation to be complete, if the weather holds, within ten to 15 days. isa? >> erin mclaughlin for us in france, thanks. tedious and dangerous recoveries to get the remains of those who died in the crash continues. nic robertson has more on what is very grim. >> reporter: each day begins here. helicopters lifting off. local rescue pilot david among them, friday, particularly tough. >> the wind was always turning. sometimes this way, sometimes this way. for us, it was very difficult. the meshing, we are always in the very, very, very close limits. >> reporter: lives are in his
hands. luring recovery teams to the crash site. >> we are in a closed area. very, very closeed from the mountains. it's very short place. it's quite difficult for us. >> reporter: as the teams made their gruesome discoveries, he comes back, lifting, literally, swinging them homeward. >> i don't want to focus on the possible victims i see on the floor. so, i'm proud because i know i will bring back bodies to the family and i think it's very important. it's my duty. >> reporter: from the mountains, the bodies are brought here, to a mobile forensics lab for biometric and dna testing. all of this happening in a remote and small alpine village. here, they have opened their hearts, touched by the tragedy that is unfolding around them. people of the nearby villages
gathering for a service at the new memorial to the crash victims. david, the helicopter pilot and his community are still in shock. >> we can't imagine it was a very big plane, a320. you can see millions of pieces of the airplane. we can't recognize anything. >> reporter: each day ends with a helicopter safe return. normality for everyone here still a long way off. nic robertson, cnn, cnn. boko haram is blamed for killing at least 11 people at a polling station. several districts reported ballot problems and someone hacked the commission's website. there were issues with jonathan
goodluck when he voted. we are joined now live. christian, these are significant problems. how is it going today? >> reporter: voting is continuing in various parts of the country. on the whole, things have gone smoothly. as you said, there have been sporadic violence, in particular friday night, boko haram beheading 23 people. there's been reports of voter intimidation and also technical glitches, which means the voting is still ongoing today. it was hoped the election would be finished yesterday. that has not stopped over 55 million people getting out to cast their vote and make their voices heard. that is the hope, isa, that this election will be seen to be credible and legitimate despite all the problems. no one expected the election to go perfectly, if you like. once the voices are heard and
the next president, whoever comes in wins, there will be extra seats in the nigerian government and they can start a deal with the problems, boko haram in the north, the economy and electricity and all the problems people are out there voting for now. >> the new digital voting card readers, are they working now? i read it took the president more than 20 minutes to cast a ballot. >> reporter: we are not quite sure how much of a problem the card readers are. they were brought in as a digital solution to vote rigging and fraud. then, yesterday, there were all sorts of problems, complaints they were supposed to scan and identify who you are, if you like. problems and delays, even the president took between 20 and 30 minutes to vote and register. imagine having that for 55 million people, it will take a very long time.
then the commission came in and said we are doing manual voting for some areas and going to extend that into today. obviously, that meant put on the table the things the card reader was supposed to stop, fraud and rigging. we are not quite sure what it means, yet. it is an embarrassment for the electoral commissioner. >> christian for us in nearigen. voting will be completed now on tuesday. in guinea, the country declared a 45-day health emergency to help stop the spread of ebola. patients won't be able to accept new patients. the epidemic shifted to the west and southwest parts of the country. almost 3500 ebola cases there since august and more than 1800
deaths. in neighboring sierra leone, an ebola lockdown. they were trying to get food and water. sier sierra leo has 12,000 cases. officials are going door-to-door looking for patients. i want to correct myself, i said 18, it's 1800 deaths in guinea. you are watching cnn. still to come, attacks on a train. a man who was beaten after being asked his opinion on the shooting of michael brown. plus, the controversial new law that sparks huge protest. it could mean an economic hit for the state. those stories right here on cnn. ♪ ♪
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toward mike brown and quickly escalated into violence, adding insult to injury, the train was full and no one stopped to help. ambushed on the metro, cell phone video catches this assault on a 43-year-old white man. >> when i got punched in the face, my glasses came down and split the skin here between the bridge and my nose. >> reporter: the victim doesn't want his name known. no one stopped to help. according to the police report, the assault began around 10:00 p.m. when a suspect asked to use the victim's phone. when the victim refused -- >> he asked me my opinion on the michael brown thing, i responded i was too tired to think about it right now. he stood up and sucker punches me in the middle of my face. >> reporter: the attacker punched him at least a dozen times before exiting the train with two others.
police are looking for the three men, described to be in their early 20s. they tell cnn, they spend $10 million a year for off duty officers and security. >> what we are doing, in response, is talking to st. louis city, our partner in the city about how they can increase their patrols and increase their protection of our system. >> i think it was disgusting that no one, that people were sort of laughing and smiling about it. no one offered to help. >> reporter: police are still looking for the three suspects. as far as the victim, he suffered superficial injuries and wasn't hospitalized. he is going to take a break from riding the train because he fears for his safety. police honor a top cop in a coma after being shot in the face in the u.s. state of massachusetts. he was shot during a traffic stop in boston on friday night.
he remains in critical condition. the suspect was shot and killed. in april, 2013, he was one of several officers who helped save a transit officer wounded with the boston marathon bombers. civil rights groups are upset. they can deny services for religious reasons. we have more. >> reporter: opponents shout out their frustration. supporters applaud as indiana governor, mike pence signs into law measures that allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers and will uphold religious freedom. >> this bill is not about discrimination. if i thought it legalized discrimination, i would have vetoed it. >> reporter: it says a state or
government may not burden the person's right to the exercise of religion. other states have similar legislation. the indiana law is one of the most sweeping and has such broad language that private businesses could use it to turn away clients on religious grounds. the backlash, fast and furious. the ncaa holding the final four in indianapolis next weekend saying they are concerned about the impact on players and employees and warns it is going to rethink future events. openly gay nba player, jason collins tweeted, is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me and others when we come to the final four? ceos from apple to yelp denounce the bill saying it could affect business. bakeries that refuse to make wedding cakes for gay couples and found guilty of discrimination. now, indiana businesses could
turn away gay business on religious grounds. >> this restricts government action. it doesn't apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved. >> reporter: last year, arizona republican governor jan brewer vetoed a similar bill to avoid boycotts of the super bowl being held there. shasta darlington, cnn, new york. >> we have learned the consumer ratings website angie's list canceled plans for a $40 million expansion project in indianapolis because of the law. they were scheduled to break ground in the next few days. you are watching cnn news room. still to come, saying good-bye to singapore's greatest leader.
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five days before his death. people there were given a small olive and palm branches. it's symbols of peace. you can see pope francis there waving and greeting the crowd. right there in st. peter's square. now, in singapore, countries spent the day honoring its founder and former prime minister. they held a two and a half hour funeral procession followed wii a service for lee kuan yew. a number of dignitaries attended including the prime minister of japan and india. let's turn to anna cornyn live in hong kong. i was amazed to see tens of thousands of people line the streets in the pouring rain to bid farewell to lee kuan yew. how do you think they will remember him? >> i think the outpouring of love, respect and admiration is
something that singporians feel. tens of thousands line the 15 kilometers route from the house where his body has been lying in state to the university where the state funeral was held. it finished up just under an hour ago. his body has been taken to a crematorium where he will be creigh nated. lee kuan yew is the man who founded the country. he took it from a third world country to a first world country and made it the most prosperous in the world. it has one of the highest pay in the world. they are educated, they are worldly, they are very wealthy and they have lee kuan yew to thank for that. this is a man who is considered to be a visionary, not just by singporians but people around the world.
when he died monday at the age of 91, tributes were flying in from barack obama, a giant of history. vladimir putin who said he was such a leader on the international stage and this is what lee kuan yew is. it is testament to the people who were there at the funeral earlier. you mentioned the prime ministers of india as well as japan. dignitaries from russia, israel, a former u.s. president, bill clinton was there as was former u.s. secretary of state, henry kissinger who was also 91. he traveled from the united states because he and lee were great friends. isa, it's important to note, they were critics of lee kuan yew. he made singapore a major, economic hub, he ruled like an athortarian and ruled with an
fist. certainly, singporians have so much to thank him for. that is what we are seeing today. >> thanks, anna. that does it for this hour. stay with us. "new day" is next. we'll have the latest on the crash of germanwings flight 9525 and allegations of the co-pilot, blamed for the crash. stay here with us on cnn, the world's news leader. "ride away" (by roy orbison begins to play) ♪ i ride the highway... ♪ i'm going my way... ♪i leave a story untold... he just keeps sending more pictures...
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