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July 25th, 2008
09:04 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Panic at 29,000 feet

Qantas pilot Captain John Francis Bartels looks at the damaged fuselage in Manila, Philippines.

Qantas pilot Captain John Francis Bartels looks at the damaged fuselage in Manila, Philippines.

Maureen Miller
360° Writer

The crew of a Qantas jumbo jet had a day on the job they'll never forget. The same is true for the 356 passengers onboard.  Just look at the photo.  That's Captain John Francis Bartels staring in awe at the massive hole in the cargo area of the Boeing 747 he just landed in the Philippines. The flight from Hong Kong to Melbourne, Australia was cruising at 29,000 feet when trouble hit.

The cabin depressurized, oxygen masks fell and in an instant no one wanted to eat the food that had just been served by the flight attendants. The crew brought the plane down to 10,000 feet and steps were taken to divert the plane to Manila. The plane landed safely and with a big applause from all on board. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Though, the question tonight is: How did this happen? And, could other 747's be in danger?

Also tonight, John McCain firing some of his toughest shots yet at Barack Obama. Here's what he told a group of military veterans in Denver, "Senator Obama said just this week that even knowing what he knows today that he still would have opposed the surge. In retrospect, given the opportunity to choose between failure and success, he chooses failure."  He went on to say, "If Obama had prevailed American forces would have had to retreat under fire, the Iraqi army would have collapsed." It looks like McCain finally got his powerful photo-op of the week.  Do you think McCain's right or wrong?
 
Meantime, Barack Obama may have made his first snafu of his overseas trip.  He canceled a visit with U.S. troops in Germany. And wait till you see where he was caught on camera.  We'll show you tonight.

Plus, take me out of the ballpark on a stretcher. A fan was hurt when a big fight broke on the the field at a minor league baseball game. A player is facing criminal charges. We'll have the latest in tonight's crime and punishment report.

All that and more tonight at 10 p.m. eastern.
Hope you'll join us.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Carol Lloyd

    Yes I think McCain's wrong as he looks on this as a win lose situation in Iraq. Perhaps because of the sacrifices he made in Viet Nam a war did lose. But this isnt the same situation. As the intended goal was regime change. That has been done and if the Iraqi leadership wishes us to withdraw our troops we should respect their wishes.

    July 28, 2008 at 6:12 am |
  2. Carol Lloyd

    In reference to the accident with the Quantas Jet due to the explosion of an oxygen canister where the Airline said that it wasnt anything they could have done to prevent it. If memory serves correctly didnt Value Jet Flight 592 crash due to a fire caused an an oxygen canister that was supposed to be empty stored in the cargo area? Seems to me like I have heard this one before. I may be wrong but it might be worth looking into.
    Carol Lloyd
    Lake Wales Fl

    July 28, 2008 at 6:08 am |
  3. Jon Von

    I have read the rhetoric on black in America, The highest paid entertainers are black, the highest paid sports figures are black, we have a black man running for president on the Denocratic ticket.

    July 26, 2008 at 10:55 am |
  4. James

    Anderson,
    We need McShame to help us understand his theory. McShame have not attacking Obama thewhole time he has been overseas. McShame has been looking for holes and misteps to use to pin Obama and CNN has been helping him tono avail. It apears then that the only snezzy thing McShame and CNN could find was a photo of Obama leaving the gym. A photo of Obama leaving the gym was all CNN and McShame could lay their hands on to fault Obama's successfully trip overseas. This was the same mentality CNN and McShame engage in during the Primaries – looking for avenues to pin Obama and turn Americans against him. It failed. CNN is airing documentatry on "Being Black in America" and airing out black people's lives, hardships and stuggles living in American but here is a noble black man – Obama, that made it out of all odds and all that CNN, Anderson Cooper, Donna Bash, Candy and McShame is questioning is why is he looking Presidentialoverseas? Well, how do you people want he to look – like a Cowboy, and you will still criticize him as "UNPRESIDENTIAL". Look, you can't eat your cake and have it back. There are millions well educated and enlightened people in this Country, including Black. Obama win the Presidency with you CNN or without you. Get over it!!!!

    James, CA

    July 26, 2008 at 12:09 am |
  5. screna

    why do you think mccain keeps saying my friends over and over again every time he gives a speech?

    July 26, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  6. Diana Hall

    Western Europe, in general, appears more well -educated, free thinking, and far more intellectual and progressive in many ways than the US and because of this is dubbed by the US as "liberal". Obama appeals to Europe because he is all of the above. Commenators of CNN!!!!! : loosen your ties, or at least take off your coats, as Jack does, and and think out of your boxes!

    You're all reporting Obama's visit to the Mid East and especially Europe, like he is a martian from a distant land.. you are from a distant land in your perspectives and therefore toward your reporting.
    Obama is to Mc Cain as Frankie Valle was to the Beatles in '64. COME TO THE PARTY. It's a new world, get your groove on with your reporting.
    Diana Hall

    July 25, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  7. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Is this because they are trying to avoid maintenance costs? or down time for planes?

    July 25, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Brandon

    I use to like to watch CNN's 360 , but lately they have been supporting Obama and trashing everyone. Shame on CNN News seem's to me like your already on Obama 's paid check list. Has that what modern News casting has come too?? Brain washing people to trick them out of thier vote?? I guss Obama is really all about big Money and who he can buy a vote from! Last year this time we did not even know who Obama's name was. When will the people Wake-up and see the light, 12 months ago Obama and his family were attending that Hater Chruch were they listen to "Dam this Country to Hell". This great Nation has always been ready for a Black leader or a women, but do we have to lose our minds, Obama will tell you anything you want to here.

    July 25, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  9. Annie Kate

    I was going to watch 360 anyway but you really got my attention about Obama's first snafu and McCain's tough shots on Obama. Those should e some interesting reports.

    The hole in the airplane is scary looking – I feel for those on board and am glad they got down safely. I can see why they suddenly didn't want to eat though. I don't much think I would have either.

    Looking forward to the show.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 25, 2008 at 9:36 pm |
  10. Cindy

    I was hoping that you all would have the story on of the Qantas jet that a hole was blown in it's fuselage. That had to be extremely scary for those people. I've seen the video of the inside shot by a passenger and they stayed pretty calm! I was surprised. I don't know if I could have been that calm! LOL I'm just wondering what caused it. And I hope it doesn't happen again.

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 25, 2008 at 9:10 pm |