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Editor’s Note: Anderson landed in Haiti this morning to report on the devastating aftermath of the earthquake. He spoke to us live throughout the day with his impressions of the situation. Tune in tonight for our live report from Haiti at 10 p.m. ET.
Anderson Cooper: We're just about to leave the airport. I've seen a number of U.N. vehicles, one armored personnel carrier driving by, as well as a U.N. bulldozer. So we're seeing some bulldozers, but not government - Haitian government property.
We're seeing some U.N. vehicles, also some private bulldozers from a construction company, which the owner of the company has put to try to aid people where they can. But again, the situation is really very fluid.
Some streets you walk on, it seems almost normal. People are kind of just walking around, not in any particular direction, not really with any particular place to go.
There's - obviously, businesses are not open. The airport is not open. The scene is just very strange.
It's actually pretty quiet at the airport. A number - a few Dominican military helicopters landed a short timing ago, so there's a small Dominican presence here. But it's just two helicopters, some more journalists, some aid workers have come in, but it's not a large scale by any means.
We haven't seen any large, kind of, C-130s, the kind that will be needed to bring in large supplies. We're seeing, you know, one or two or three or four Red Cross workers, the kind of people who are the first ones to come in to try to assess what the needs are before some of the heavier equipment comes in.
But the situation is - it's tense, it's very strange. We're now basically just organized vehicles, which is a difficult thing to get, and we're going to go start reporting, seeing what we can see. And we'll get back to you.
Tony Harris: Anderson, can you clear up the situation at the airport for us please, I know there is some questions about if the tower is operational and can bring flights in and get flights out. Can you clear up that situation obviously time is of the essence and you need aid flights to come in as soon as possible.
Anderson Cooper: I can tell you probably about six or seven helicopters have landed at the airport Dominican Republic, three or four others as well. There's one fixed wing aircraft which has landed, I think it was a 15-seat plane but it's not coordinated.
The control tower is basically out. It's there, it's physically standing, but it's not – I’m told it's not operational.
I spoke to two pilots who just came in on fixed wing aircraft and they said there was somebody on a radio somewhere in the airport who is trying to help kind of coordinate the landing of planes. But it is - it's literally just somebody on a radio and no one is sure where that person is.
So it's very much up to the pilots to try to coordinate amongst themselves and using visual flight rules to kind of just look for what aircraft is around them.
So in terms of bringing in large-scale aircraft, that has not been happening yet. I talked to one official from the U.N. who's trying to coordinate things at the airport in Santo Domingo and they're hoping to bring in some sort of radar equipment or some sort of control tower sort of equipment that they can then take over the coordination. But at this point that has not happened.
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